Wigan & Leigh College is reporting an increase in the numbers of students opting to study engineering subjects. According to the latest figures, applications are up 50% for Automotive Engineering, 11.5% in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and seven percent in Mechanical Engineering, for those aged 16 to 18.

The college is making these figures public to coincide with National Science and Engineering Week, taking place between 14th March and 23rd March. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the number of options open to students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Last year, Wigan & Leigh College opened its £1.4m state of the art engineering facilities at its Pagefield Centre on Walkden Avenue, giving students access to the latest technology, including a plasma cutting bed.

The facility also contains a Sustainable Technologies and Renewables Centre (STaR), which houses specialist environmental equipment, including solar panels and a wind turbine. Peter Cunliffe, divisional manager for electrical engineering at Wigan & Leigh College said, “Each year National Science and Engineering Week seeks to inspire more young people to enter into the STEM subjects, and its great to be able to highlight the work we do here as part of that.

“Engineering is a growing sector, and this is reflected in the number of young people choosing to enter the industry. Our investment in the Pagefield Centre is designed to cater for that demand, and gives learners access to top quality teaching on industry standard equipment.”