Our Engineering and Construction Centre gives students an industry-standard working environment including:
- Engineering facilities with the latest software and equipment
- Electrical, plumbing and gas workshops to give students the chance to become skilled tradespeople
- Construction training facilities for employment in the building industry
- Carpentry and machine workshops with specialist equipment for the latest carpentry practices
- Motor vehicle engineering workshops
- 3D printers, laser cutters and specialist modelling software
- Purpose-built musical instrument making and repair workshops, stocked with specialist craft tools
New courses – including popular BTEC national qualifications – will run in our hugely expanded centre from September 2015, and will help young people and adults gain the skills they need to find work, join a qualified trade or move on to higher education. As the College is now a CSCS testing centre, graduates are able to leave with the vital paperwork allowing them to work on site.
There are £95.7bn worth of construction projects planned in London and the South East for the 2014-2017 period and 20% more workers than currently employed are needed by the construction industry to meet the current demand and complete these projects*.
Sue Rimmer, Principal and Chief Executive at South Thames College, said, “Our expanded Engineering and Construction Centre will let us offer a wider range of courses and training opportunities that will help fill this gap – by working with employers we’ll make sure our students learn the specific skills that businesses are looking for.
“This custom-built centre helps students learn in the best environment possible and means the College will keep on attracting learners who are keen and have plenty of drive to succeed – they deserve this high standard of facilities which match the advances in technology.”
Sanaa Al-Ameri, who is studying Engineering Level 1, added,” I’m really pleased the college is investing in its engineering and construction facilities. I’m excited to be able to work in the new space and feel really lucky that we’ll have even better facilities available to us.
“I’m planning to move on to a Level 2 and then a Level 3 course at the College and would recommend South Thames to anyone. My friends at other colleges always ask what it’s like is and I say great – really supportive and importantly I feel it’s equipping me with the skills and techniques I need to work as an engineer in the future.”
Find out more about the courses we're running at our Engineering and Construction Centre.
*Skills to Build KPMG report, commissioned by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry referenced in the QTS South London Construction Training Network report.