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    Work begins on new £4million STEM Hub

    Three years after the very first applications were put forward, work has now begun on a new Advanced Skills Centre – a state-of-the-art facility that promises to bring new and exciting opportunities to current and future Higher Education students of Abingdon & Witney College.

    The multi-million pound Centre, being built at the Abingdon campus on the site of what was formerly the unused caretaker’s bungalow, has been funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Oxfordshire Growth Deal. It will address the current skills gap in the local area, targeting key STEM sectors including electronics, engineering, telecoms and IT.

    Innovation and creativity will flourish within the modern design and engineering workshops, equipped with the latest technology, whilst the spacious breakout areas and lounges will give students that university-feel whilst on campus.

    Michael Chiyasa, Head of Estates and Capital Development at the College, said: “Everyone here is very excited that work on the Advanced Skills Centre is underway. Investment into the College facilities over the past few years has seen our campuses grow tremendously, and we can now offer our students more course and career options than ever before.”

    “What was initially a plan to address the local skill shortages in high priority sectors – engineering, technology, IT – has now transformed into a building project that has been fully designed and is ready to go,” he continued. “We look forward to working with Beard Construction over the coming months and watching this important project come to life.”

    Construction is due to be complete in November 2017, with the Centre ready for opening at the beginning of January 2018.

    (February 2017)

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