We have a new motor vehicle centre at our Banbury and Bicester College, which has officially been opened by MP Sir Tony Baldry.

The centre, which is already famous for offering students and apprentices a range of industry-standard facilities for motorsport engineering has now further improved it’s facilities. The centre includes fabrication and welding workshops featuring the latest TIG welding technology, a full size autoclave, 2D and 3D software and computational fluid dynamics, CNC machining and material testing, MOT testing bays and electric car charging points. The centre will soon offer commercial MOT testing, to give students experience of providing services to external customers.

Mr Baldry said: “This is an amazing facility and I am very impressed that Banbury and Bicester College has invested £2m in a new automotive engineering workshop. This will help to prepare students for a whole range of jobs in the world of motoring and I am impressed that they will have access to the most up-to-date computer diagnostic equipment.

“This facility highlights that Banbury and Bicester College is becoming increasingly work focused and a college for students wanting to acquire skills that will support them to progress directly into employment. I would hope that any student wanting to follow a career in the automotive industry would choose to come here to train.”

The motor vehicle centre is part of a larger, £6m development at Banbury and Bicester College which includes a new creative media production suite.