To formally declare the building open, a special event was attended by students, staff, alumni and industry partners from the likes of FR Scott, Daifuku Logan, Cobus, UK STEM, along with an official opening by the Deputy Lord Mayor.  

Completed in October 2023, the two-million-pound facility has already transformed engineering teaching and learning at the college. Students on the Engineering courses, learn about core engineering, including essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing, mechanical principles, project and programme management, working in the sector and professional responsibilities, attitudes and behaviours.  

The college also offers pathways that focus on developing skills for job roles such as Mechanical Fitters, Valve Technicians, Mechanical Maintenance Engineers, Machine Operators, Service Technicians, Production Engineers. 

Principal Colin Peaks said: “These new facilities will ensure that our students have access to equipment that mirrors the standards achieved in industry every single day. The enhanced facilities and equipment, scoped with our employer partners here today, who offer students fantastic opportunities in the workplace, allows students to develop the technical skills they need to be occupationally competent and to develop confidence prior to starting their industry journey.” 

Colin continued: “Ultimately, this investment we have made in this area will equip our students with all the skills they need to become the next generation of industry excellence and go on to have a successful and rewarding careers, whilst meeting the skills needs of Hull and the East Riding region.” 

How Wilberforce are supporting even more students to study in high quality settings 

Additional funding from the Government is being provided to further support refurbishment or upgrades of the buildings, allowing them to invest in equipment in readiness to deliver future courses that tackle the green skills gap.  

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