New high-tech Facilities open at Braintree campus

The College’s Braintree campus has moved into a new era with a ‘campus for the future’. Those who visited the open event in October were the first to see the new Learning and Technology Centre. The new building is now open and students are already benefiting from the new high tech facilities available to them. The project has already seen the College’s STEM Innovation Centre and a modern riverside refectory built. The developments have been supported through capital grants from Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The changes come as a result of the significant skills shortages that employers are experiencing in the District. The College has recognised the need for skilled workers in a range of Technological, Digital and Business related sectors. Not only does this benefit local employers but students will have increased employment opportunities once finishing their study programme or apprenticeship.

Assistant Principal for Braintree Campus and STEM, Adam Ward’s vision for this developing campus is to ensure that committed and aspirational students will be work ready and able to progress into careers that are already waiting for them. He said: “Such is the planned economic growth for the district, the new campus’ remit is to have a very clear focus on preparing learners of all ages for work through rapid development of skills, knowledge and crucial behaviours that are in high demand by employers”

The STEM Innovation Centre has already been a hub for training students of all ages who are on study programmes, apprenticeships and even short or evening courses. Aspiring Engineer, Rachel Rolfe travels from Romford to access the high-quality facilities at Braintree campus: “I chose to come to Braintree campus because it is the best college for Engineering. I like the variety of practical and theory, the tutors are helpful and it’s a great environment.”

Now that the Centre is open, students have been making the most of the new facilities and gaining experience using high-quality equipment that they will expect to find in their future jobs. The Learning and Technology Centre is focused on IT and Digital Media, with consumer spend predicted to drive growth in those sectors. Hi-tech teaching areas, workshops and computer suites as well as IT and Digital Media equipment are all accessible to students.  The Centre is home to students on courses in Business, Early Years and Childhood Studies, and a range of Construction crafts.