A new multi-million pound college technology complex in Lynn will play a vital role in shaping the area’s future prosperity, education and council chiefs believe.
The verdict was delivered as the facility at the town’s College of West Anglia campus was officially opened by former student and ex-Formula One driver Martin Brundle on Thursday.
And the Gayton-based television commentator, who met students during his visit, was impressed by what he saw.
He said: “The engineering industry is an important part of the local and regional economy and these new facilities will enable the College to develop the talent and skills of our young people whilst support the training needs of a wide range of employers.
“It was great to meet with some students too because my studies here back in the 70’s have served me very well in life, and I’m delighted that the College is going from strength to strength”.
The centre is part of a £5.8 million project to build state-of-the-art workshops and training facilities for students and apprentices working in a host of sectors including engineering, electronics, carpentry and joinery, fabrication and welding.
College principal David Pomfret said: “These new facilities highlight the College’s commitment to outstanding learning by providing the best training facilities to support the current and future training and skills needs of the local economy.”
The project was funded by West Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council and the Skills Funding Agency.
And council leaders have hailed the new facility which they believe will provide a bright future for young people.
Borough council leader Nick Daubney said: “Developing the skills of young people in the area is crucial for helping local businesses grow and thrive.
“This new facility will give young people access to the training that they need in order to take advantage of local engineering job opportunities.”
County council leader Bill Borrett added: “Education remains a key priority for the County Council, so despite these tough times, we are delighted to have been able to contribute £1.5m towards this much needed development, through the Norfolk Infrastructure Fund.
“ This impressive facility has an important part to play in developing a vibrant economy in West Norfolk.”