John Griffiths MS sees the green transformation

Coleg Gwent, John Griffiths MS, Matthew Collins Head of School

After hearing about the transformation of the Engineering and Automotive department at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport Campus, Senedd Member John Griffiths visited the department this September to see the new facilities and equipment available for learners at the college.  

With courses in Automotive, Motorsport, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Coleg Gwent offers learners access to the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare them for a successful career in the ever-changing engineering industry. 

As term starts and new learners join Coleg Gwent this September, the college is excited to unveil a suite of new equipment across its campuses, as well as refreshed facilities for Automotive and Engineering students at the City of Newport Campus. Director of Faculty, John Sexton, said; “It’s wonderful that Coleg Gwent is prepared to invest heavily in 21st century engineering so that our students can have the best and most up-to-date experience possible when studying at the college.” 

The City of Newport Campus has undergone a thorough refurbishment of all the workshops and changing spaces for the new academic year, making the facilities bright, airy and spacious. As the college strives to future-proof teaching and learning in this field, Coleg Gwent’s Engineering, Automotive and Mechanics learners at the City of Newport Campus will be working in modern, fresh workshops that reflect the contemporary vehicles and equipment they’re working on. 

John enjoyed a tour of the refreshed facilities on Monday 20th September with Vice Principal Nicola Gamlin, Director of Faculty John Sexton and Head of School Matthew Collins. The new equipment was explained and demonstrated, and John saw the learners in action using the facilities as their courses gain momentum this September.  

Coleg Gwent has developed their Engineering and Automotive curriculum and invested in new facilities across the campuses to enable learners to gain the skills they need for a successful future in this evolving industry. Coleg Gwent’s Automotive courses have moved into the realm of electric vehicles to keep up with the latest developments in the sector, and there are some intriguing new courses in the pipeline including part-time programmes in robotics and short courses on inspection, testing and installation of electric vehicle charging points.  

To prepare learners for a future in the engineering and automotive industries, Coleg Gwent has invested in a range of high-tech new equipment for learners at the City of Newport Campus, Crosskeys Campus and Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone. Learners can look forward to working on a brand-new Tesla Model 3, VW E Golf, 2 Nissan Leafs, BMW I3, and an Electric Nissan Light Van, giving you the skills needed to work on the electric vehicles of the future.  

With a keen interest in lowering carbon emissions, John Griffiths, MS, commented; “Coleg Gwent have recognised the type of green skills our local and national economies will need in the years ahead and responded proactively in the delivery of their engineering teaching, which includes their automotive and electric vehicle courses. We will only reduce our carbon emissions by investing in cleaner and greener technologies and I am pleased to see this happening in Newport. It’s great to see the students at Coleg Gwent getting involved in this type of exciting learning and work. The skills they are developing on these courses will be critical for what they choose to do next and their future aspirations.” 

The college also has all the necessary electric vehicle tooling and diagnostic software, new Snap-On vehicle lifts, new lathes, new milling machines including a CNC 5 axis machine, a new construction simulator, and a range of engineering rigs and specialist kit. In short, Automotive, Motorsport, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering learners can all experience the latest equipment as part of their training.  

This fantastic suite of new facilities is designed to complement Coleg Gwent’s up-to-date curriculum in materials technology, including carbon fibre composites, motorsport and aero facilities in electric vehicles. As a further education college, Coleg Gwent is determined to play a vital role in producing a skilled workforce for the future, to help facilitate a carbon zero world and tackle twenty-first century issues head on with engineering expertise.