Woodlands Campus ready to fly high
Thursday, 24 September, 2015

Solihull College & University Centre and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), have embarked on an ambitious project for their Aerospace and Aviation Centre at their North Solihull Woodlands campus.

Throughout the summer months the college has been working hard in preparing their Woodlands Campus in Solihull to be able to hold the BAe Jetstream T Mk2 aircraft. Work was completed in time to welcome our students in September ready for the arrival of the aircraft on the 22nd September.

Head of School Mike Nichol stated “With the aerospace industry being so pivotal within our region it is vital to ensure that those who wish to pursue a career within the field have the appropriate provisions available to gain the experience and qualifications to do so, and this is what we strive to do. With assistance from the GBSLEP we have invested heavily in our facilities at the Woodlands Campus to allow our students to develop their skills and knowledge within aerospace to become skilled professionals for the future workforce. We are all extremely excited that the aircraft arrived today and we look forward to adding to the aviation centre over the next 6 months when we will be planning a grand launch.”

The aircraft adds to the existing excellent engineering facilities at Solihull College & University Centre which include aerospace, motor vehicle and advanced manufacturing and will allow students to use the facilities as a realistic training resource for aircraft servicing. In the coming months we will be adding to the developments with further equipment to be installed including a wind tunnel, a variety of rigs and a full leading commercial flight deck simulator. Upon completion of the aviation centre Solihull College & University Centre will be planning a grand launch to exhibit the brand new facilities for students.

Rosa Wells, Programme Manager for Engineering at Solihull College & University Centre said “A recent publication indicated that 75% of companies working the Aerospace Industry plan to increase investment over the next year in response to global export opportunities. Their survey flagged up that UK Aerospace companies are concerned about accessing innovative skills. This is where Solihull College is best placed to support industry so companies are able to grow in response to global demand.

The provision of vocational training in Aeronautical Engineering is unique to Solihull College within the West Midlands area. This exciting new facility will seek to provide both local and national opportunities for students across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area within the Aerospace and Aviation Industry.”

Aeronautical & Engineering courses available at Solihull College & University Centre cater for school leavers, adult learners and undergraduate level students as well as those who are currently employed studying for career development. Courses range from intermediate level 2 courses to university level.

If you would like to find out more about the Aeronautical & Engineering courses available at Solihull College & University Centre visit the courses page or call 0121 678 7000.



BAe Jetstream T Mk2 Aircraft
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