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Cutting-edge Engineering Lab launched

A new engineering lab, set to revolutionise engineering training and make Kent a hub for the sector, has been launched at a Kent college.

Dover Technical College was visited on Thursday 23 February by the town’s mayor and local industry leaders as the ribbon was cut on its freshly outfitted facility.

Boasting 3D printers, tooling machines, a programmable robotic arm and learning suites, about £110,000 has been invested to replicate real-world working environments using industry-standard equipment.

Following a months-long refit of the former student common area, Engineering students will now be able to get to grips with the latest technologies while working on external industry briefs.

During the launch event, the College’s Programme Director in Engineering Nikolas Willson highlighted an ongoing student-led project with Discovery Park – demonstrating how impactful the facility will be in creating industry links and learning opportunities.

He noted: “This is a really important step for us to make as an education provider. We want our young people to leave here with both the traditional skills as well as modern skills which will set them up to lead the future of engineering.

“This facility is incredible, the nicest engineering facility I’ve had the pleasure to work in, and it will truly allow our students to hone their skills and prepare them for any workplace in the industry.”