Government staff visit college to look at electric vehicle workshop

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(Front L=R) Craig Midgley Head of School: Technical Studies, Technical Centre and Dr Fazal Dad, Blackburn College Principal and Chief Executive welcome representatives from the Department for Education and staff from  some of the College’s partner
(Front L=R) Craig Midgley Head of School: Technical Studies, Technical Centre and Dr Fazal Dad, Blackburn College Principal and Chief Executive welcome representatives from the Department for Education and staff from some of the College’s partner

Government staff have visited a college to look at their new Hybrid Electric Automotive Training (HEAT) facility.

Representatives from the Department for Education have been given the first look at Blackburn College’s HEAT facility which is part of the £1.3 million Lancashire Automotive Skills Accelerator Project.

The college is leading the project funded by the Department for Education, as part of The Skills Accelerator Strategic Development Fund.

The event saw representatives from the Department for Education take a first look at the new facilities along with representatives from a number of the College’s partner garages including Bowker BMW, Chorley Nissan, West Riding Hyundai and Alan Price Automobile Services.

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn College staff speak with representatives from the Department for Education
Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn College staff speak with representatives from the Department for Education

Blackburn College staff speak with representatives from the Department for Education

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Colleagues from the department were delighted to see, first-hand, how the Strategic Development Fund is enabling Blackburn college to meet local skill priorities, reduce carbon emissions and help boost the economy.”

Blackburn College Principal and Chief Executive Dr Fazal Dad said: “It was a pleasure to welcome representatives from the Department for Education to visit our new HEAT facility.

"HEAT will be a vital tool in helping to bridge the skills gap in low carbon vehicle mechanics in Lancashire.”

Owner of Alan Price Automobile Services in Blackburn, Alan Price, added: “The facility is state-of-the-art and will provide a huge benefit to students who will have access to the latest technology to ensure their skills are up to date.”

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