Digital Technology at PROCAT
PROCAT publishes ‘digital toolkit’ of innovative uses of technology in technical education
Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) is proud to share its latest toolkit; ‘Using Digital Technologies to Transform Technical Professional education’ – for practitioners, managers and employers responsible for implementing institution-wide technology for learning.
Learning will be enriched in college through the use of technology in the workplace
Developing PROCAT as a digital leader, we need to understand the challenges and opportunities of digital technologies for teaching and learning. We also need to keep ahead with developments and trends in the Further Education and skills sector, as well as, being up-to-date in general policy.
For employability of our students, PROCAT need to be delivering ePortfolios and digital skills.
To succeed in the digital landscape, PROCAT needs to understand the changing needs of learners and employers and work with both stakeholders to ensure our courses are relevant. Technology has to be identified, that is relevant to our needs and we need to ensure, we have the infrastructure and staff skills required to deliver a 2020 vision for the future.
Work-based learning is increasingly an important part of further education curriculum. Many students at PROCAT study because they want to enhance their career and employment prospects through an apprenticeship. Digital technology will provide functional areas the opportunity to give their teaching programmes added value when it comes to enabling students to achieve a range of learning outcomes and for employers to be engaged in a three-way partnership. This includes coordination of off- and on-the-job learning and real-time oversight for employers of their employees’ progress.
Learning will be enriched in college through the use of technology in the workplace, for example, live streaming of industrial processes which can only be carried out in a live manufacturing or operational environment. These live sessions can be supported by live interviews with industry experts and live question and answer sessions with students, direct with the employer and workforce.
With the use of technology, learning can become far more opportunistic by students being able to ‘pick and mix’ their blended learning elements and take advantage of PROCAT’s unique partnerships with industry.
Innovative Aircraft Technology at PROCAT
PROCAT’s mission is to provide excellent technological education which supports the skills needs of key sectors of the UK economy.
PROCAT’s Aviation Academy is leading on the development and use of digital learning technology, with the introduction of Aerosim Virtual Maintenance Trainer. This simulation-based training tool and virtual aeroplane empowers learners and their employers, supporting new ways of delivering education and skills.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Students at PROCAT’s Aviation Academy can now explore an entire virtual aircraft. Students navigate virtual equipment bays, remove components and see results in real time.
The use of digital technology at PROCAT is enabling students to learn and practice skills in a virtual environment before working on an actual aircraft. It is providing students with a distraction free environment to learn in and focus on conducting simulated maintenance tests and practice troubleshooting procedures without real-world limitations.
Virtual learning is engaging and interactive for students and motivates them to learn. It enhances their overall experience of classroom training. It also makes classroom time more productive as students can enter the virtual environment immediately. Students are able to work at their own pace as well as, watch demonstrated procedures.
Digital Technology In Engineering Design
500 STUDENTS GET BOOST WITH SOLIDWORKS
PROCAT, the UK’s first college of advanced technology, is leading the way to deliver “fully-rounded engineers” to industry with a new engineering centre.
The Centre for Advanced Technology based at PROCAT’s Basildon campus, opens its doors on October 15, after a £1.6m revamp, which includes new classrooms, state-of-the-art equipment and SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, supported by New Technology CADCAM.
PROCAT is the UK’s first government-funded centre of advanced technology aimed at delivering hands-on, industry-led training to the next generation of skilled technicians. Currently 96 per cent of its students go on to gain fulltime employment in many core UK industries including Construction and Engineering, Rail and Aviation.
And New Technology CADCAM is delighted to be in partnership with the college and support them with the latest CADCAM technology – including a SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD 500 Campus Licence.
“PROCAT is stepping up its offer of higher qualifications and this new Centre for Advanced Technology is key in starting us on that journey,” says Head of Faculty for Engineering, Lee Bird.
“A lot of our curriculum is employer-led, and based on delivering apprentices who are job ready. Having SOLIDWORKS means we can prepare our students in a more robust way, so that they have the skills that are going to be used in industry, that is required by industry and be of an industry standard.”
PROCAT Lecturer Alan Claughan says the new centre will enable them to continue to develop fully-rounded engineers that are fluent in both CAD and its practical applications: “90 per cent of the PROCAT engineering faculty staff are engineers. We know the demands of industry and what’s entailed to make a designer’s idea actually work, for example making sure they’ve left enough room in their design to get a spanner in there to tighten the socket. That’s why with this new centre our students will be on CNC machines, lathes, benches and plugging sockets to walls and wiring CCTVs to walls so that when they come into the CAD room they can not only draw it – but they will have had the physical experience of the building process. That way we can deliver a fully-rounded engineer.”
Andrew Spender from New Technology CADCAM says: “This is a great example in showing how New Technology CADCAM and SOLIDWORKS can work together in education and build an advance technology centre to equip the youth of today with the skills they need in furthering their careers and getting a job.”