Sponsors & Partners

Our links with local industry and universities ensures that our curriculum matches the needs of these local partners and provides routes to employment, apprenticeships or continuing education for all our graduating students.

In return for their active support, partners get the ability to shape the curriculum and access to potential new employees who they already know are capable and have been trained in the subjects that matter to them.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a sponsor, email Andy Osborn or call 01582 867756. You can also view our Employers section for more information.

» ABB Robotics

ABB Robotics is a Milton Keynes based leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety.

As an educational institution, the Engineering Technology Centre benefits from ABB’s offer of free RobotStudio simulation licences. This allows our students to run virtual 3D robotics scenarios and further augments our Mechatronics provision.

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As the largest UK exam board, AQA have worked with employers and professional bodies to design, structure and concept test the new Tech-levels. They help fill a workplace skills gap identified by employers and CBI surveys, and respond to government reform.

AQA are working closely with the Engineering Technology Centre on these new, groundbreaking Design and Mechatronics qualifications. They are supporting us throughout, and are using Engineering Technology Centre staff to write and ratify teaching materials for national use.

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» Automated Technology Group

The Automated Technology group is a Silsoe-based independent supplier of control and power solutions for industrial automation. Through design, installation and support they drive the production lines, supply chains and service delivery of many leading companies.

ATG are kindly providing their expertise to help the Engineering Technology Centre commission our Automation Lab, and will be involved in Robotics Training as the curriculum develops.

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» B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace is the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. At the Leighton Buzzard facility, they design and manufacture crew rests and galley structures for the aircraft industry.

B/E Aerospace also support our Engineering Technology Centre by setting projects for students, and then are involved during the whole project cycle. They set projects to solve real world problems they encounter within their industry sector.

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» Global Robots

Global Robots is a based industrial robot company with customers, suppliers and partners around the world. Focusing on the supply of robots rather than their installation they sell robots from all the main manufacturers.

Global Robots have kindly donated two ABB industrial robots to the Engineering Technology Centre, to make our Automation lab one of the only robot training facilities in the area. Their support with installation and training is invaluable to us.

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» Lockheed Martin

The largest and fastest growing Lockheed Martin facility in the UK, Ampthill is a leading provider of mission systems for armoured fighting vehicles and their integration onto platforms produced by a number of manufacturers.

Lockheed Martin support our Engineering Technology Centre by setting projects for students. They will then come in at regular intervals to support and guide the students, and ultimately listen to project presentations and judge the work.

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» MacDonald Humfrey (Automation)

MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Limited is a Luton-based private company formed in 1988 to provide total turnkey system solutions to core industrial sectors for industrial automation and control projects.

MacDonald Humfrey have donated a £1/4 million conveyor system to the Engineering Technology Centre which forms the hub of our Automation lab, and raises our Mechatronics provision to the next level. We are grateful for their outstanding generosity.

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» MJS Group

Established in Bedfordshire for over 35 years, MJS Group offers the complete design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression, Pressure Relief and Cold Therapy systems through its own brands as well as a variety of third party brands.

MJS Group are a firm believer of education of young engineers. As such they are involved at several levels within the Engineering Technology Centre, a valuable part of which is allowing us access to their injection moulding production facility in Luton.

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» Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation is a world leader in industrial automation, based in Milton Keynes. It has a reputation for innovation, quality and reliability established through its Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software brands.

Through their educational support programme, Rockwell Automation have allowed us to obtain discounted PLC’s, enabling us to setup a dedicated PLC lab, further enhancing our Mechatronics provision.

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» University of Bedfordshire

University of Beds

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years.

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