A little history on PROCAT…
The company was established in 1969 by a group of local Engineering employers' who wanted a training facility to provide the first year off-the-job training for their craft and technician apprentices. The Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) provided funding to build an engineering training centre and then invited the employers to appoint the Board of Trustees/Directors to run the centre. In total over 150 were set up across England and they were called Group Training Associations or GTAs. Today there are fewer than 40 GTAs of which PROCAT is the second largest.
In 2014 Prospects College of Advanced Technology became the first new college to be incorporated in 22 years. We are now the UK’s first College of Advanced Technology.
Our mission is clear, it is to take up this challenge and to provide excellent technological education which supports the skills needs of key sectors of the UK economy. Specifically, we aim to address a structural gap in the Further Education (FE) system and ensure that UK business has the pipeline of higher-level skilled people that it needs to compete in a global economy.
PROCAT Today and what is to come…
Today PROCAT is a specialist college which has been established to meet the workforce development needs of businesses which operate in sectors which are critical to the UK economy. This includes advanced apprenticeships to secure a pipeline of new talent, higher and degree apprenticeships to support advanced engineering capability and bespoke training solutions to develop the expertise and skills of the existing workforce. We follow the STEM model, leading the way in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
We’re passionate about creating improved learning opportunities for the people of South Essex. Across each of our sites we work in partnership with universities, employers and other organisations to ensure we provide the very best learning and training opportunities for our students.
We wish to continue and grow, providing and creating more opportunities for young men and women alike, using the STEM strategy to teach; and working closely and developing relationships with companies to create the best possible careers for their futures.