By Michael Arnold, Business Development Director at px Group (Stockton).
Today (March 4th) marks World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, which is celebrated as a UNESCO International Day.
To join in celebrating engineers and the vital field of engineering, we at px Group are looking back at our STEM Training Centre at Middlesbrough College. In 2017, px Group engineered, procured, and constructed a state-of-the-art process plant at the college, which simulates a real industrial working and operational environment. Our aim for the centre is to revolutionise how engineering skills are taught and learnt.
The STEM training centre is now a leading location for technical training, skills, behaviours, and competency solutions for a range of engineering industries – ensuring students develop the required practical skills that employers seek. It is designed to help student engineers gain invaluable work experience and offers a vocational pathway to employment.
px Group is also proud that our STEM centre can simultaneously contribute to sustainability. To us, the word sustainability has a clear meaning: looking after and preparing for the future in a responsible manner and we’re delighted to pass on this expertise to future generations, so that they’re prepared to make a real impact in the world of engineering.
For several years, we have been involved in designing, operating and maintaining sustainable assets throughout the UK and we are keen to share our experience and knowledge with future engineers. The STEM training centre plant assists with essential skills development, and upskills future engineers so that they have necessary experience with the manufacturing processes required to support both traditional process industries and newer industries in the circular economy.
The STEM plant itself is designed to resemble an operating plant within a controlled environment, this allows training to take place and enables individuals to gain immersive experience and learn what to expect before walking onto a live operating plant. The STEM training centre plant is controlled by a fully functional control system for two operating plants and incorporates a number of control and monitoring instruments to operate and manage the processes. A suite of standard operating procedures for the processes and the plant itself have also been developed.
We’re incredibly proud to celebrate the field of engineering. Not only do we focus on providing unparalleled services to our clients, but we also ensure budding engineers have access to productive educational opportunities that future employers, just like us, can trust.
Learn more about the STEM training centre here.
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