Runshaw College unveils
state of the art Science and Engineering Innovation Centre
WORK on a new multi million pound
Science and Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC) has begun at Runshaw College's
Euxton Lane Campus in Chorley. The state of the art facility, due for completion
in September 2016, will host cutting edge laboratories and workshops,
accommodating up to 400 new students across a wide range of engineering and
The new SEIC will support the College's aim to
revolutionise the employability of students in the region. The career focused
approach of Runshaw College university qualifications, combined with its
Apprenticeship programmes, will ensure that science and engineering skills
training locally will be transformed in both volume and quality through this new
Housing the College's new line of Science and Engineering 2 year 'Career
Degrees', the 2 storey SEIC facility will provide organisations with a
skilled workforce to meet local demand, together with a range of additional
opportunities. Employers will be able to access SEIC facilities, including state
of the art laboratory and 3D printing equipment, and will benefit from
participating in, and networking with other employers, through the Runshaw
College Strategic Training and Skills Board.
Claire Foreman, Deputy Principal at Runshaw
College, says the new Centre will boost the local economy and transform the
employability of those studying Science and Engineering programmes at Runshaw:-
"Lancashire has the largest concentration of aerospace production and high
technology manufacturing in the UK and these sectors are anticipated to grow
over the next few years. Similarly, the need for qualified science professionals
is predicted to increase, with demand in particular in pharmacology, physiology,
biotechnology, drug metabolism, toxicology and pathology. Our new SEIC has been
designed to support growth in these sectors and to enhance our current
partnerships with local businesses. We aim to deliver real business benefits
through the provision of innovative education and training programmes, working
collaborative with employers to ensure the creation of a highly skilled
workforce for the future."
The new centre has been made a reality through
funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP play a crucial
role co-ordinating the county's economic priorities and focusing on
opportunities that maximise job creation and economic growth. The SEIC forms
part of the LEPs 'Hub and Spoke' programme, providing educational centres of
excellence with new industry focus facilities.
Edwin Booth, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership said:- "This
exciting new centre will help provide and retain highly skilled young people in
support of Lancashire's successful science, engineering and technology
industries, which we need in order to prosper in the future. It is very good
news for Runshaw College, for Chorley and for Lancashire as a whole. Our Growth
Deal, which is supporting this new centre in Chorley, will deliver an investment
programme valued at more than £500m, with the potential to create 8,000 new
jobs. Our commitment to Chorley and Lancashire demonstrates our intention to
invest in key priorities that will support the long term growth of the local
Stroke Association Thanks
Knowsley Community College Hospitality Students
THE Stroke Association’s Knowsley group
has thanked Knowsley Community College’s Hospitality students for their part in
a social event for stroke sufferers.
The Communication Support group, which aids those with speech and language
difficulties after suffering a stroke, arranges different activities on a
regular basis to provide support and guidance to its members.
Taking place at Bistro 36, the College’s in house silver service restaurant, KCC
Hospitality students helped to hold a social event for members of the support
group, offering them a chance to build their communicative skills whilst
enjoying a positive atmosphere and a range of freshly prepared pastries and
Discussing why KCC was chosen over the group’s usual meeting place, Theresa
O’Sullivan, Communications Support Coordinator for Knowsley at the Stroke
Association, explained:- "We chose to do something a bit different by
choosing Knowsley Community College to build some positive relationships with
She was full of praise to the learners involved, continuing:- "all of the
students involved were a credit to Knowsley Community College and the service
Looking ahead, she says:- "The Stroke Association will certainly be hoping
to attend again and are already looking at Christmas lunch!"
The event is one of many held at Bistro 36, which is run by Hospitality and
Catering students at Knowsley Community College, with food prepared fresh with
care and dedication and hospitality offered to the highest of standards. The
Bistro has previously paid host to a range of events, from local community group
attendance to award ceremonies and foreign exchange visits.
To experience the great food and service, book your own hospitality at Bistro 36
by calling:- 0151 477 5775.
KCC Students Helped to
Understand Addiction Dangers
CATERING and Hospitality students at
Knowsley Community College now have a better insight in to the dangers of
alcohol and drugs in pressured environments after a talk from a former
professional footballer. Andrew Brownrigg, now retired, but formerly of clubs
such as Sheffield and Kidderminster Harriers, discussed his own battle with
addiction as a result of stress and pressure.
Describing his sporting career, Andrew told students that high pressure
environments such as the hospitality industry, and the cultures around them, can
lead to people experiencing difficulties with addiction. After 6 years clean and
sober, he was able to provide inspiration to KCC students, and advice on how to
deal with pressure and avoid the dangers of drugs, alcohol and addiction.
Students were enthusiastic about sharing their opinions and asking advice, and
Andrew was keen to share his experiences. Lecturer David Critchley said the
event was "a very inspirational talk for our students."
Speaking of Andrew’s stories and explanation of the dangers of addiction, he
continued:- "the talk certainly helped learners have a better
understanding of the pressures of their work environment and how best to deal
The talk was organised with Hospitality Action, a charity that offers vital
assistance to those within the hospitality industry in need of support or facing
5% April passenger growth
LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport
experienced a growth in passenger numbers of over 5% in April 2015; the 3rd
consecutive year on year monthly increase in passenger throughput.
Passenger figures for the 1st four months of 2015 are now over 4% higher than
for the same period in 2014 and reflect the recent upsurge in business at the
April's figures follow on from a 3.5% increase in February and an 8% increase in
March, compared to the same months in 2014.
The growth in passenger numbers follows the recent introduction of a number of
new services, including Blue Air's flights to Bucharest and Bacua in Romania,
Flybe's Belfast City flights, easyJet's Zante flight and Wizz Air's flight to
the Latvian capital Riga. The volumes of passengers on existing services have
increased too, with airlines reporting higher numbers of passengers on many of
their routes from Liverpool compared to the same time last year (2014).