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Wigan & Leigh College celebrates twin engineering triumphs

In an impressive showcase of academic and professional excellence, Wigan & Leigh College has recently been awarded two prestigious engineering honours. These awards highlight the institution’s commitment to higher education and its critical role in addressing the needs of employers in the engineering sector.

A beacon of engineering education

The college’s recent win at the 2024 Annual Apprenticeship Conference, where it was honored as the Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Provider of the Year, is testament to its commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers. This recognition is not only a feather in the cap for the college, but also a beacon for aspiring apprentices seeking a robust and industry-aligned educational foundation.

Wigan & Leigh College celebrates twin engineering triumphs
Wigan & Leigh College celebrates twin engineering triumphs

The re-accreditation of University Center Wigan & Leigh College by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) further strengthens its status as a premier engineering institution. The IET’s rigorous accreditation process assesses teaching quality, student experience and course relevance to industry standards. This distinction ensures that graduates of the College’s engineering programs are well equipped to register as incorporated or chartered engineers, significantly improving their professional prospects.

Alignment with industry standards

The college’s alignment with the Greater Manchester Institute of Technology plays a strategic role in meeting the IET criteria. Collaborations with leading employers such as Siemens, GCHQ and Talk Talk ensure that the curriculum stays up to date with industry developments and technological advances. Such partnerships are invaluable as they ensure that college graduates are not only academically competent but also industry ready.

Recognition beyond the academy

The college’s achievements extend beyond academic circles, as evidenced by its recent win at the Educate North Awards, where it received the award for business engagement, employer in the HE/FE sector. This award highlights the college’s effective engagement with the business community and its impact on the regional economy.

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