A college which specialises in adult apprenticeships has announced a major expansion with a new building for engineering trainees.

Runshaw Adult College in Chorley said the new development will ”support the growing demand from employers to provide specialist training and industry-ready workers” in engineering, science and technology.

Formerly the administrative building of the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) on Euxton Lane, Runshaw Adult College has been granted planning permission to extend its current premises.

The new facility will have the potential to provide training and skills across a wide range of areas for a diverse range of students, from apprentices to degree students.

Claire Foreman, Deputy Principal at Runshaw Adult College says, “Each year with the increasing demand for high calibre engineers, more and more companies are contacting us with opportunities to work with our students.

“There will be more demand for the type of collaboration seen with a number of firms and the new building will allow us to develop our employer relationships even further.”

She added: “We have received planning permission and grants monies, and are now at the stage of needing to secure final funding in order for construction to commence.”

Aaron Ashurst, course leader for Engineering says, “For many years the School of Engineering has been working with local companies to ensure our students develop the skills organisations require.

“Our first collaboration was over five years ago with BAXi in Bamber Bridge who were looking to recruit in the area of new project design. It was the range of specific engineering skills that our students possess that appealed to the company”