• Conor McGinn MP with St Helens College principal Jette Burford and deputy principal Rob Molloy unveiling the new STEM centre, technology campus

Meeting the needs

St Helens College unveiled the newly refurbished STEM centre at their technology campus.

Local councillors, employers and businesses from across the region attended the opening event as well as college employees who have contributed to the development.

Local MP, Conor McGinn who officially opened The STEM centre said: “I’m really impressed with these state of the art facilities. It’s clear to see how St Helens College are aligning to meet the needs of the economy.

“Science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) subjects are key disciplines for bolstering industrial competitiveness. Preparing the next generation of STEM-educated workers should be a priority for the government and must feature heavily in any future regional growth strategy.”

Jette Burford, college principal said: “STEM is such an important priority for us and as a college we continue to invest in STEM facilities. We are currently working towards obtaining STEM assured status which will help us to ensure that we are responsive to an ever evolving marketplace by diversifying the curriculum that we offer in order to meet the demand from industry.”

The STEM centre received a substantial £5million investment and was part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency. It now boasts a brand new dining area, internal courtyards, entrance piazza, remodelled workshops and classrooms plus a new library space complete with study suites and PC zones.

The new STEM centre will enable St Helens College to lead the way in STEM areas such as low carbon technologies and sustainable construction alongside robotics, digital technologies and innovation.

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