Keighley College Gains Coveted iMechE Accreditation

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We are delighted to announce that  Keighley College has now received accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) for our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme run through our Industrial Centre of Excellence. This followed a strict audit by iMechE and means that the centre is one of a select group of training organisations who’s students get free access to a range of support including:

  • Supported access to the world’s largest engineering library sited at  Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Bursaries and other financial support
  • Opportunities to attend free engineering events and talks
  • Newsletters featuring the latest developments in the sector

One of the key benefits to the College being approved by iMechE is that all students coming through the course will be able to fill in a short application form to become professionally registered as EngTech. This simple process can make all the difference  to an engineer’s career with many major employers such as BAE, the MOD and Rolls Royce insisting that all staff are professionally registered and often using this as a criteria when filtering job applicants. In short this will help our students stand out from the crowd and demonstrates our continued commitment to the success of our apprentices and demonstrates the quality of our training provision to students and employers.

Engineers of the Future Visit Advanced Actuators


Over 25 potential young engineers and their parents attended the recent factory open evening an Advanced Actuators. They were given a full site tour, looking at hydraulics and electronc controls systems devloped by this highly successful business followed by a presentation about the company and working demonstrations of some of the equipment that company manufactures. More fac tory open evenings are planned for the near future.

See the Best of British Engineering at Advanced Actuators

Advanced Actuators

Advanced Actuators in Silsden will be opening its doors to show young people and their parents the face of modern engineering.

Advanced Actuators Ltd is a well established leading supplier of actuators, control solutions and hydraulic components. Since 1969 they have supplied a range of diverse markets, including oil & gas, power generation, nuclear, marine, and industrial marketplaces throughout the world. The company has all aspects of engineering from design through to installation.

The event is on the 28th April from 17.00 – 18.00 and includes a full tour of the facilities and an opportunity to talk to some of the staff. To book you place e mail

A Look Behind the Scenes at Byworth Boilers



The board managing the Industrial Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering based in Keighley College is delighted to offer a series of Factory Open Evenings where young people and their parents and carers will have a rare opportunity a look behind the scenes at some of the areas’ most successful manufacturing companies. The tours will allow people to see what working in a modern manufacturing plant is like and offer them the opportunity to ask questions about working in this diverse and exciting sector. The next open evening is to be held at Bywoth Boilers Parkwood Boiler Works, Parkwood Street, Keighley BD21 4NW on the 29th January between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and all are welcome. Byworth Boilers have an established history of employing apprentices are continuously looking for young people to fulfil these roles.

Many manufacturing and engineering companies offer excellent salaries once qualified and will support staff in developing both practically and academically. The engineering sector needs some 1.8 million new employees by 2020 and there really has never been a better time to investigate this area as a career option and a genuine alternative to the traditional routes to university.

To book your place on any of the tours e mail

2016 Factory Open Evenings


The Board of the Industrial Centre of Excellence are delighted to announce a 2016 programme of Factory Open Evenings where young people and the parents and guardians can see behind the scenes at some of the areas leading manufacturers. The dates for these events are as follows:

Byworth Boilers – 29th January 2016
Gesipa – 3rd March 2016
Advanced Actuators – 28th April 2016

All events run between 16.00 – 18.00

To book your place contact

ICE Board Factory Open Evenings


The Board who manage the Industrial Centre of Excellence based at Keighley Campus are opening up the doors to their factories for a series of open evenings. There will be full factory tours and opportunities to ask staff about their jobs. This is a unique opportunity for young people interested in a career in engineering to come along and see the clean and high tech world of modern engineering and to look behind the scenes of some of the best of the Aire Valley’s manufacturers.

The open evenings begin in October 2015 with Airedale Springs of Haworth who have some of the latest and most sophisticated computer driven machinery in their purpose built state of the art factory.

Details are:

Airedale Springs Ltd The Spring Works, Bridgehouse Lane, Haworth, BD22 8PA – Thursday 15th October 16.00 -18.00

Byworth Boilers Ltd Parkwood St, Keighley,  BD21 4NW – 29th January 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Gesipa Ltd Dalton Lane, Keighley, BD21 4JU – 3rd March 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Advanced Actuators Ltd Unit 4, Ryefield Way, Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 0EF 28th April 2016 16.00 – 18.00

Everyone is welcome and the last tour will begin at 17.30 in all cases. To book your place email or call Chris Stott on 07825 058 223

Keighley News Article

We’ve been featured in the Keighley News:

EFFORTS underway in Keighley to strengthen the link between education and manufacturing and engineering employers have been praised by a Government minister.

Keighley News: Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Matthew Hancock talks to student Derick Ngwana in the Industrial Centre of Excellence at Keighley Campus Leeds City College Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Matthew Hancock talks to student Derick Ngwana in the Industrial Centre of Excellence at Keighley Campus Leeds City College

MP Matthew Hancock, who is Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, visited Keighley Campus Leeds City College last Friday morning. (February 27)

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Open Night

Visit the next Keighley Campus Open Night, on Monday 16th March between 5pm – 7pm. During the event you can tour the ICE Centre and find out about Engineering training, qualifications and apprenticeships.

For details about more College Open Events and Curriculum Showcases, please visit:

Past Events:

NEW ICE Centre for Engineering & Manufacturing Opening at Keighley Campus

Open Night, 5 – 6.30pm, Thursday 22nd January.

Visit the Open Night to find out about Engineering training, qualifications and apprenticeships. There are 1.2 Million Engineers required in the UK by 2020 and starting salaries range from £25k – £50k, so there has never been a better time to start your engineering training.