College Launches Liverpool’s Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology

Knowsley Community College has this week announced that it will be opening a brand new Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology (IAMT) in September.

The Institute forms part of the College’s new Main Campus and is located on Princess Drive in Huyton. It will provide a simulated lean manufacturing environment, utilising state of the art facilities to develop skills in sectors key to the economy of the Liverpool City Region.

The College has worked with employers to develop a focused offer with industry standard equipment, including virtual reality VRTEX welding kits, CAD 3D printing, a high precision FARO arm, and more, to ensure learners gain work-ready skills and train in a high spec environment.

The Institute offers a range of pathways in manufacturing, engineering and technology related fields, whilst also supporting employers with apprenticeships- all with the aim of addressing local skill shortages.

Andrew Ellams, Director of Employer Services and Business Development for Knowsley Community College, said, “From listening to employers, we wanted to provide a modern, high quality, manufacturing and technology training facility, which ensures that learners acquire skills to prepare them for the workplace”.

Speaking of the Institute’s contribution to the local economy, he continues, “As a result, IAMT will in turn contribute to key economic growth priorities for manufacturing and technology across the Liverpool City Region.”

IAMT forms part of Knowsley Community College’s brand new £32 million Main Campus, alongside the Stanley and Kemble Buildings on Stockbridge Lane, opening in September 2016.

The College will be offering activities and opportunities for stakeholders and industry representatives to visit the new Institute in the Autumn Term.