Engineering a new future

Student Association President,  West Lothian College,  Justine Coulter with  President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd., Mr Atsuhiro Yabu
Student Association President, West Lothian College, Justine Coulter with President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd., Mr Atsuhiro Yabu
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President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe, Atsuhiro Yabu, opened the £1.1 million Skills Centre for engineering and construction trades at West Lothian College.

An Engineering graduate of Osaka University, Mr Yabu has worked for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for more than 30 years.

It was his second assignment to Livingston as he was posted to West Lothian from 1991 to 1995.

Each year around 200 students will use the Skills Centre which has been designed to allow learners to use the same machines they will encounter in industry.

Engineering students can complete their entire learning journey from the basic use of hand tools, manually operated lathes, drills and mills, to advanced Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines.

The centre will also be home to painting and decorating and carpentry students.

Mr Yabu said: “It is a great honour to open this impressive new Skills Centre.

“Mitsubishi Electric looks forward to continuing our close links with West Lothian College in our joint quest to develop and improve engineering skills.”

Principal and chief executive of West Lothian College, Mhairi Harrington, said: “We are delighted to be unveiling the new and improved skills centre at the college.

“We are confident that the new facilities will greatly benefit our students and the surrounding community.

“The facilities have been designed to meet the demands of our rapidly growing student base.

“It will provide them with the relevant skills desired by employers all over the United Kingdom.”

The Skills Centre is a 325sqm extension comprising a multi-purpose workshop plus three teaching spaces.