The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been awarded a share of £6.1m to help address the skills shortage across the county.
The institution received a £199,763 injection from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It will support the delivery of its Additive Manufacturing Education Programme (AMEP).
AM refers to technology which builds 3D objects. UCLan’s programme will aim to boost productivity in the sector by developing skilled workers.
Some funding will also go towards the university’s DigitME project, which is working with local businesses to assess potential opportunities for skills development and the implementation of AM technologies.
Dr John Lonsdale, director of innovation and enterprise at UCLan, said: “Additive Manufacturing is a key component of advanced manufacturing with the potential to accelerate innovation and productivity across many sectors in the UK.
“The rapid rise and disruptive nature of additive technologies has left a skills gap whereby specialists in additive manufacturing are limited and there is a requirement for a significant shift in engineering education in order to support the future of this method of manufacture.
“The HEFCE Catalyst Fund means we will be able to accelerate and expand the delivery of teaching and learning activities to address the skills gap and develop and sustain AMEP long term.”