iMET, an Innovation, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology centre, is due to open next year and will deliver technical, advanced and higher vocational training to key growth sectors - Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, IT and Digital and Life Sciences. The Facility will be led by Cambridge Regional College and Peterborough Regional College in a joint partnership.
A number of sector based workshops have recently been held as part of the business engagement process including construction, engineering, manufacturing and life sciences.
Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, commented that “Productivity is becoming the catchword in Westminster. A key part of that productivity is skills, and in this part of the country making the most out of the wonderful resources we have here is key. Training is a vital part of that, together with an increase in apprenticeships,” he said. “There has been a huge increase in apprenticeships in this area. This facility will enable local businesses to take that to a much higher level. We can train people locally and throughout Cambridge in a way we have not been able to in the past.”
Mark Robertson, Principal and CEO of Cambridge Regional College – one of the top performing further education colleges in the country - said the topping out was a major landmark for iMET. “This is a very exciting development for skills in the region and we are already working with employers to ensure that iMET provides the high-level training they need for business success,” “iMET is key to encouraging employers to invest in Alconbury Weald. It is good for Alconbury, and what is good for Alconbury is good for the region.
“Cambridgeshire is the fastest growing economic region outside London, but skills shortages are reported as a major barrier to sustaining that growth. iMET will play a key role in ensuring the provision of those world-class skills, and we are very proud to be part of the essential partnership that is making that happen.”