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Major Investment Announced for Askham Bryan College

Date: 10th April 2019

A major transformation of Askham Bryan College’s Westfield Farm is to take place following news of a £1.7m national funding boost.

Askham Bryan is one of nine education providers benefiting from £10m of capital funding from the Department of Education to develop the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT). The investment will focus on industry standard equipment and providing higher level technical training.

The consortium is led by York College and comprises other further education providers: Bishop Burton College, Craven College, East Riding College, Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education and Selby College as well as Askham Bryan, working alongside the University of Hull and University of York St John to deliver the IoT in Yorkshire and Humber. The massive training boost will enhance employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the region’s employers.

Investment at Askham Bryan College will see a new beef centre created to showcase precision livestock farming and inform the industry practices of tomorrow.

The consortium bid has received significant employer support. Digital and Engineering businesses ViSR, CATCH, Skipton Building Society, GB Recruitment and ENGIE Fabricom recognised the need for investment in education to address their wider skills shortages and have signed up as employer partners to be involved in designing the curriculum, supported by research from the universities. These employers will be part of the governance of the IoT to ensure continued collaboration and long term benefits for the region.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive said: “This is tremendous news not just Askham Bryan, but for the future of agriculture in Yorkshire and beyond. Farming is a highly technical and exciting industry and our young people will have a wonderful livestock centre with cutting edge technology to ensure that they are at the forefront of industry innovation. This funding will greatly assist us in further developing highly skilled, technically adept students and complements our most recent work creating the digital farm for our dairy cattle and our agri-business centre.”

“As an educational training centre, the importance of animal health and welfare is at the heart of our teaching as we showcase best practice to the next generation of Britain’s farmers and industry leaders,” said Catherine.

The College has a total of 5,000 students with a major cohort studying agriculture and agricultural engineering, from diplomas through to degree level. It is also an important centre for training apprentices. Westfield Farm, which adjoins the campus, is an integral part of practical student learning.

The investment will see a purpose-built livestock centre created as a beef finishing and calf rearing facility, refurbishment of the College’s existing beef unit, and an additional classroom and car park.

A shopping list of the latest digital equipment is being compiled which means real time data can be accessed, including via smart phone, as part of the farm’s management and for student teaching.

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