The UK government has awarded City College Plymouth a grant of £2million to help it become a cutting-edge technology centre - specialising in the development of autonomous ships.
The college will use the money to invest in state-of-the art facilities to develop higher education programmes, including the UK’s first autonomous marine vehicle degree in the design and construction of unmanned boats and subs
It’s hoped that the new courses will help Plymouth maintain its position as a world leading hub for marine engineering and marine autonomy research, development and education.
The new funding will enable the college to continue to work in partnership with Devonport dockyard operator Babcock International Group to drive forward innovation in engineering and education – moving towards a digital era of training using virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) technology.
“As a leading college delivering world-class higher level digital and marine engineering skills – particularly in marine autonomous vehicles – the funding will enable us to respond to future skills requirements for the marine industry and employment opportunities for our students,” says the college’s principal and chief executive, Penny Wycherley.