On Wednesday, 29th November 2023 Princess Anne officially opened the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) in Chatteris.
The NCTC is built on land owned by Stainless Metalcraft and is managed and operated by West Suffolk College, which is a part of the Eastern Colleges Group. The state-of-the-art centre specialises in providing apprenticeships, professional development and commercial courses in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Management, Digital Technologies, Business Support, Health & Social Sciences, which are in demand from local employers.
During her visit, HRH was given a tour of the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre where she had the opportunity to engage in discussions with current engineering apprentices, meet lecturers and programme leaders launching its Science, Pharmaceutical and Dental Nurse apprenticeships, and meet school children taking part in careers workshops. The visit concluded with HRH unveiling a commemorative plaque in honour of her visit.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board provided £3.16m to fund the training school through the Local Growth Fund. Alongside Stainless Metalcraft, local organisations involved include The Active Learning Trust, Cambs Skills and ARU Peterborough - the new university for the city. Further information about courses available at NCTC can be found at https://www.wsc.ac.uk/north-cambridgeshire-training-centre
Austen Adams, divisional managing director of Avingtrans PLC’s Process Solutions and Rotating Equipment division, which is home to Stainless Metalcraft, said: “We are thrilled to welcome HRH Princess Anne to Chatteris once again and delighted that she agreed to formally open the new centre.
“NCTC was created to address a gap in vocational training provision in the North Cambridgeshire Fens and aims to build on our heritage creating pathways into rewarding careers in engineering by opening up opportunities for local people to up-skill for careers across a variety of growth industries.
“It is an essential tool for the region’s economic development and the delivery of the project - from the initial idea to raising finance, getting spades in the ground and now today’s official opening - has required a huge amount of teamwork, enthusiasm and good will from a host of partners.
“Today was the perfect opportunity to thank everyone involved for their part in turning our vision into reality and we were excited to showcase the new facility and welcome Her Royal Highness to join the celebrations.
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