The Advanced Centre for Engineering (ACE) involves two re-development phases on the Taunton campus:
- Phase 1: Spray booths and body workshop; Laboratories; Mechanical/aeronautical engineering ; Aero engine and part.
- Phase 2: Electronic suites, laboratories and ICT suites; Taxi status airframe and hangar space; Mechanical & electrical engineering equipment.
ACE supports the growth of the advanced electrical engineering industries through: High level facilities for level 2 and BSc Hons learners and the rapidly growing SME sector locator along the M5 and A38; Becoming an integral skills partner for the South West region and the development of Hinkley C; Developing a STEM skills base
1,047m2 Refurbished training/learning facilities
Follow-on investment at site £2,800,000
Increase in learner numbers from 2013/14 over 5 years with respect to subject sector areas engineering and the built environment across all curriculum provision types – 1,283
Increase in learning numbers from 2013/14 over 5 years with respect to subject sector areas engineering and the built environment across all curriculum provision types excluding higher education and community learning – 1,095
Engagement with HotSW employers during the ACE project. (Engagement represents a minimum of 1 employee per employer undertaking education and/or training within engineering or the built environment within the ACE facilities) 50 employers in year 1; 100 employers by year 5
Growth Deal 1 Funding: £6m
Started on site: February 2016
Practical Completion: March 2017