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Posted: 27/10/11

Engineering and college’s future plans under the spotlight

People can hear about an international engineering project from a former land-speed world record holder while discovering more about Vision West Notts’ future plans.

The college is holding its annual review meeting on Friday 11 November and invitations have been extended to members of the community.

It takes place from 12pm to 3.30pm at its Construction and Logistics Skills Academy, Julias Way, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  A light buffet will be available.

Principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE will outline the college’s plans for development and its recent re-branding exercise, as well as launching its annual report.

Speakers include Sir Richard Noble, director of the Bloodhound Project and holder of the world land-speed record between 1983 and 1997, and Simon Waugh, chair of the National Apprenticeship Service.

Sir Richard will explain how the Bloodhound Project is inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists through its bid to break the current land-speed record.  Attendees will also have the chance to see a scale model of the vehicle designed to accomplish the feat – the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC) – and talk to engineers about its design and capabilities.

The pencil-shaped rocket-powered vehicle, which is aiming to reach 1,000 mph, will be on display as part of activities staged for schoolchildren over two days through a visit by the project’s education team.

Meanwhile, Mr Waugh will set out the importance of apprenticeships in sustaining the UK economy and in securing the future of the engineering sector.

Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Rachel Bates on 01623 627191 ext. 8019 or email rachel.bates@wnc.ac.uk