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Digi-Tech Factory is officially opened

22nd October 2021 – Tags: Digi-Tech Factory

This week we officially opened the Digi-Tech Factory, our new building for teaching the skills that are in high demand in the fast-growing digi-tech sector. 

This stunning building has been made possible thanks to a combined investment of £11.4m by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (from its Growth Deal with Government), Department for Education (T Level Capital Fund), Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (through one of 8 Towns Fund projects supported by Norwich City Council), and from the college itself. 

The importance of digital skills goes far beyond the digi-tech sector, with digital skills increasingly being required throughout the rest of the economy too. 

The wide range of students and apprentices who will benefit from this new facility include those studying software and programming, networking and infrastructure development, engineering, electronics, advanced manufacturing, digital art, animation and games design, creative media production, and civil engineering. 

The official opening of the Digi-Tech Factory coincides with Colleges Week. Colleges Week is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign and sees colleges across the country, along with education unions and students, hosting and getting involved in events to showcase the huge impact that further education colleges have for students, businesses, and the communities they serve.  

Our Principal, Corrienne Peasgood OBE, said: 

The Digi-Tech Factory will play a key role in enabling us to deliver innovative, industry-standard learning, and a digital skills curriculum developed with substantial input from employers. It’s been brilliant seeing how the new building has been received by our lecturing staff, students, and apprentices, during the first weeks of term, and the difference this is already making to the teaching and learning of a wide range of digital skills.” 

C-J Green, Chair of New Anglia LEP, said: 

This facility is not only a striking addition to the campus at City College Norwich but a priceless asset to the region as it looks to futureproof its skills in this fast-growing sector.” 

Leader of Norwich City Council and co-chair of the Norwich 2040 Vision Board, Councillor Alan Waters, adds:  

We’re delighted to have been able to financially contribute towards the new Digi-tech Factory through our successful Town Deal bid. This incredible facility is a huge boost for our city – providing the technology, skills and teaching to ensure our residents are equipped with the skills of the future.”