Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre

According to national statistics, 59% of North West employers are having trouble recruiting STEM staff*, with 58% of new jobs in the economy requiring STEM skills.** We have stepped in, in response to this demand, to invest in a specially designed facility that meets these skill gaps.

SEMTA, the sector skills council for science engineering and manufacturing technologies expects 22,800 new job vacancies in the region between now and 2016.

The £7 million state-of-the-art Futures Centre houses a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based subjects The new centre will also become the new purpose-built home for the College’s highly respected Music and Media faculty. It will house the department’s state of the art equipment, including the HD TV studio, Macintosh Edit suites, a sound proofed recording studio, rehearsal rooms, radio studio, cameras and amps.

Media programme leader Jamie Holman says: “We believe this development will help further cement and develop our outstanding industry links that already include Tate Liverpool, The Saatchi-Gallery Magazine Art And Music, The Guardian online and All Tomorrows Parties festival.”

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The building is equipped to the highest standard and students have access to world leading facilities, technologies and learning techniques.

From a working eco-house to advanced manufacturing workshops – students will use equipment recognised as current working practice within industry which will involve:

  • Using CNC lathes and machining centres
  • 3D modelling and scanning
  • Programming machines in a manufacturing environment
  • Destructive and non-destructive testing methods
  • Real life TV Studio and Radio Station
    Replica Cinema

The Benefits

  • £7million State of the art dedicated Sir Bill Taylor Futures Centre – replica eco-house, advanced manufacturing workshops, TV studio, radio station and a cinema focusing on real life work experience
  • Level 2 through to degree level study under one roof – guaranteed progression pathway to University Centre at Blackburn College