Project 4.0

Purpose

From virtual reality headsets and 3D printers to life-size robotics, a tech-filled mobile unit and more, Cheshire College – South & West are set to shift the pace needed to develop the future of digital.  

Project 4.0 focuses on digital skills in the workplace with an emphasis on improving Advanced Manufacturing Skills to expand digital infrastructures, upskill and reskill existing workforces and promote digital as a career choice. 

Over the five-year project, it is expected that over 7,500 learners, from more than 60 local schools, will benefit from access to the equipment, inspiring more young people than ever to progress onto higher-level courses and skilled employment. 

Working in partnership with Code Nation, the College, with Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, has also invested in specialist equipment to significantly boost digital skills across the region by providing access to new technologies.  

Individuals and businesses will be supported to gain confidence in a variety of digital applications, enabling full utilisation of their existing technology and exploring other digital platforms available.  

Equipment

As part of a five-year plan, all Cheshire College Campuses will be equipped with specialist equipment, which will mirror workplace practises and processes and is available to all stakeholders. Current equipment includes:

  • 3D Printers
  • Hand Held 3D Scanner (including carry case
  • Desktop 3D Scanners
  • VR Headsets (including carry case)
  • Mixed Reality Headsets (including carry case)
  • Robotic Arm
  • Laptops (including carry case)
  • A range of coding software
Dremel DigiLAB 3D Printer​
Zspace Mixed Reality Sets
Meltio Metal 3D Printer

The Digital Hub Bus

Featuring streaming equipment and virtual reality technology, the Digital Hub Bus visited Queen’s Park High School in Chester, where the College’s School Partnership Team and Media & Games lecturers delivered exciting digital skills sessions to over 200 pupils across two days.  

Careers Lead at Queen’s Park High School, Andrea Watts, commented: “The outreach activity has benefitted our pupils as they have had the opportunity to speak to industry experts from the College and use a wide range of equipment including the robot, which has enhanced their understanding of the digital world and transferrable skills for the future.” 

Update

Stage one of the project has seen Cheshire College learners commence projects with local employers, including designing and prototyping plastic and metal components.

Contact us!

Our Employer Engagement Team are always on hand to support our partners. If you would like further information about The Digital Hub and the opportunities available as part of the various projects, please contact us on 01270 654638/01244 656455 or via email at: employers@ccsw.ac.uk

Alternatively drop us a message via this form.