A £400,000 centre of excellence for advanced technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, has been officially opened by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Employment, George Mudie.
The centre, equipped with state of the art facilities, will be used to train people in autotronics, electronics, computer aided design and telecommunications.
Roy Kimble, assistant principal at Highbury College, commented: `Technology is developing faster than ever. Pressure on businesses to increase efficiency whilst maintaining up to date knowledge of increasingly sophisticated systems has led to a shortage of skilled technicians. This centre will fill this skill gap by providing affordable training so that small to medium sized businesses do not have to miss out on the latest developments.’
The centre at Highbury College is planned as one of eight centres of excellence in Hampshire, made possible by a partnership between seven further education colleges and the University of Portsmouth. Each centre will focus on different areas of engineering so that small to medium sized businesses in Hampshire can train staff and fill the skill gaps created as technology advances.