South Staffordshire College

HE learners help shape the College’s new AgriSTEM Academy

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With phase one of South Staffordshire College’s AgriSTEM Academy having officially opened last Autumn, phase two is now approaching the final stages and plans for the finishing touches
are underway.

Last week, learners who are working towards university level qualifications at the College joined project staff on site at the Rodbaston based AgriSTEM Academy to discuss designs for their dedicated new HE space, which will be located in the newly renovated historic Granary building. The space will provide a fantastic new study and chill out zone for learners working towards qualifications in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour, Equine Behaviour, Training and Performance and more.

agristem HE build consultation








Pictured left to right: Julie Nash, (Assistant Director Capital Projects), Ruby Nicholas (Year 1 student rep), Sharon Bedlow (HE Manager), Lauren Fowler (Year 2 Student Rep) Keith Ellis (Head of Study Programmes, Rodbaston Campus), Andy Wootton (HE Coordinator and Lecturer in Animal Management) and Holly Sproston (Year 2 student rep).

The site visit provided the learners with the opportunity to help shape how their space will be utilised when they move in later this year. Speaking after their tour, learner Ruby Nicholas said “It was great to be involved with the planning stages regarding the use of the new HE facilities in the AgriStem Building. We have been encouraged to put forward ideas about our new HE space and I’m looking forward to utilising it fully in the near future.”

South Staffordshire College Assistant Director of Capital Projects, Julie Nash, adds “we’re delighted to be consulting with our learners on the AgriSTEM Academy. It’s really important to us that they have a say over their own spaces so that they get the best out of it when they move in and feel that it is an area they can truly take ownership of. The Academy promises to be an incredible facility and our learner’s contribution is an important part of how we’ll add those all important finishing touches.”

The HE area is one of many fantastic new facilities at the AgriSTEM Academy, which is set to transform the scale and quality of industry relevant training for the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) and the Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors. The Academy is home to the College’s second AME hub, Agricultural Engineering & Automotive /Hybrid Engineering workshops, an AgriTech precision farming simulation Lab and an Advanced Mechatronics Lab which will simulate an industry standard manufacturing environment.

Learners who are working towards qualifications in motor vehicle maintenance, motorsport and construction moved into phase one of the Academy building last September and phase two will be opening later in the academic year.

There are hundreds of new opportunities for those who want to study subjects including landbased technology, agricultural engineering and many more. Whether you’re an individual who wants to take the first steps towards your dream career or a business who wants to upskill your workforce, with an exciting range of qualifications including apprenticeships and diplomas, the AgriSTEM Academy offers access to a wealth of opportunity that is unavailable elsewhere in Staffordshire.

To find out more or sign up for courses starting this September visit or call the dedicated team on 0300 456 2424.

Alternatively why not visit the College’s open events. Taking place at all campuses in March, the events are the perfect opportunity to explore the incredible facilities, meet the expert staff and find the perfect qualification for you!

Tamworth Campus, 20th March 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Torc Campus (Tamworth), 20th March 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Cannock Campus, 21st March 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Lichfield Campus, 23rd March 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Rodbaston Campus, 25th March 2017, 10am – 1pm

For those who would like to find out more about the range of university level courses on offer at the College and starting this September, there is also a dedicated Higher Education open event on Saturday 4th March at Lichfield Campus from 10am – 1pm.

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