Derby College Group Unveils Mechatronics Laboratory

Derby College Group (DCG) has developed a state-of-the-art Mechatronics laboratory to further increase the skills and employment opportunities for Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices.

The new £1.75million Technology Hub – developed within an existing part of DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park – is supported by a £1.3m grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership promoting economic growth, including via skills and training, across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The Technology Hub funding has come via the LEP’s Government- awarded Local Growth Fund allocation, used to part-fund infrastructure projects which directly benefit the area’s economy.

It will be officially opened in early summer, in time for the new intake of students in September 2019.

The Mechatronics equipment, designed by Festo, is a scaled-down version of their next generation of industry production lines.

It mirrors the high-tech artificial intelligence manufacturing equipment that is commonly used in a wide range of industry sectors from confectionary to cars.

Engineering and Professional Construction students from school leavers to those on DCG’s higher education programmes will benefit from the Technology Hub as part of their wider study programmes.

They will learn a wide range of industry-relevant practical and theoretical skills including computer programming; how to operate pneumatic, hydraulic and robotic manufacturing control systems and skilled maintenance of the equipment.

The development also includes the installation of upgraded CNC mill and turning equipment and 3D printers which are already being used by students in the Engineering and Professional Construction Academies at the Roundhouse College.

Executive Head of the Roundhouse College Liza-Jo Guyatt explained: “The engineering environment continues to change rapidly with the increase of robotics and sophisticated intelligent electronic controls that blur the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines.

“The development of Mechatronics requires significant investment in technology to provide learning environments which will support the application in tomorrow’s employment opportunities.

“Our new Technology Hub will therefore support the needs of employers and the career aspirations of our students and apprentices and is part of our vision to be a technology centre of excellence in the East Midlands.

“By prioritising the growth of Engineering and Construction provision, this investment is central to Derby College Group’s commitment to raise the level of higher skills within the future workforce.

“Expanding the opportunities for students will be key to productivity and growth amongst a wide range of Engineering industry sectors; such as rail, automotive manufacturing, food and drink maintenance and Construction.

“We are greatly looking forward to unveiling the Technology Hub to our current and potential students and apprentices as well as to employers across the region.”

Tom Goshawk, Capital Projects Manager for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Skills are a vital part of the D2N2 LEP area economy.

“Good skills training puts people on sustainable career paths and enables businesses to employ the right workers in order for them to grow.

“This is why D2N2 invests heavily in programmes promoting better and advanced skills, and in projects such as the Derby College Group’s new £1.75million Technology Hub.”


D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Local Enterprise Partnerships are private sector-led, locally-owned partnerships between business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations.
There are 38 LEPs in England. They play a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs.
D2N2, established in 2010, is one of the largest LEPs in England, covering an area with a population of more than two million people and with an economic output of over £45billion GVA (Gross Value Added). Its Chief Executive Officer is Sajeeda Rose and its Chair Elizabeth Fagan.
D2N2’s target is to support the creation of 55,000 new jobs in D2N2 by 2023. The majority of these jobs will be in the private sector. Its vision is of a more prosperous, better connected, and increasingly resilient and competitive economy.
Its purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in the D2N2 region.
See website www.d2n2lep.org or www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk

Local Growth Fund
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That's why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Analysis has shown every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.
Further information
If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.
Some additional key facts:
. There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
. The government has awarded £9.1billion in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
. LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
Further information on how the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is using its Local Growth Fund allocation to part-fund projects which directly benefits jobs and economic growth in its area can be found on the LEP website at www.d2n2lep.org/Home

About DCG (Derby College Group)
DCG (Derby College Group) is one of England’s largest colleges with more than 20,000 learners, £48 million turnover and 1,300 employees.
The Group consists of The Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts college; the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college; Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college; Ilkeston Technical Skills college and the St James Centre community college.
The diverse Roundhouse Corporate division of DCG works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers in a number of ways from co-designing and co-delivering the College curriculum to delivering a wide range of apprenticeships. The division also hires DCG facilities for conferences and events
Derby College was graded 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features for its work with employers and learners with high needs at its latest Ofsted inspection.

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