Engineering boom as students sign up

An artists impression of the �5.5m Advanced Technology Centre, set to be built at Blackpool and The Fylde College's Bispham campus

An artists impression of the �5.5m Advanced Technology Centre, set to be built at Blackpool and The Fylde College's Bispham campus

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A Fylde college has doubled the number of engineering courses on offer after a boom in interested following being named as a National College.

Blackpool and The Fylde College has been named as the main hub for the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas.

Bosses have said this saw a surge in people contacting the college to sign up for courses, so much so that they have now added an extra four courses, including a diploma and three HNCs, to its roster to be taught from January.

This “unprecedented” extra intake of 72 students in early 2015 comes on top of the three intakes – 18 students in each - scheduled to study the diploma alone from September. Now the college is even considering starting up some of the courses from Easter too.

Gavin Tyrrell, from the College’s School of Engineering and Computing, said: “On the day of the announcement, we filled an entire course in just two-and-a-half hours.

“And our contact centre experienced a high volume of calls from people interested in training for a career in the energy industry.

“As a result, we’ve added a 90 Credit Engineering Diploma and HNCs in electrical engineering, general engineering and mechanical engineering, starting in January.”

The National College is being set up by UK Onshore Operators Group, the industry’s representative body, to meet the skills needed to develop the UK as an international centre for onshore operations.