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The aim of the project is to grow level 4 to level 7 skills in engineering and advanced manufacturing, improving higher education’s contribution to national skills demand. The project is further endorsed and part funded through Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Furness College already delivers a considerable number of level 4, 5 and 6 qualifications in engineering and advanced manufacturing, with the focus on 'work and learn' part-time mode of delivery. However, this project further develops areas of delivery and enhanced progression routes using existing or new higher level technical qualifications such as higher apprenticeships.

The types of higher education curriculum activity that will take place in the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology have been established through on-going dialogue with employers including BAE Systems, GSK, Centrica Energy and Sellafield Ltd. The new centre will deliver skills in the following subject areas:

  • reverse engineering
  • rapid prototyping
  • sustainable engineering
  • engineering metrology
  • non-destructive testing
  • testing and commissioning of components and systems
  • advanced materials technology
  • advanced manufacturing technology
  • virtual welding
  • level 6 and 7 research projects
  • wet renewable energy research
  • humanitarian landmine detection research
  • nuclear engineering.

Project information

Catalyst funding £745,000
Total project funding  £3,380,000

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