FANUC donate Robodrill to Henley college
Equipping students with the right skills will be much easier after a Coventry robotics firm handed over a state-of-the-art machine to Henley College.
Fanuc Robotics has come to the aid of the city-based campus in the form of a Robodrill, which will be used to train students in the engineering department.
The vertical machine, which is used mainly for cutting metal and plastics, is used by manufacturers across the globe – putting Henley College students ahead in the industry.
The generous donation comes as the college kick-starts its second annual Enterprise & Employability Week, which was launched to help equip students with the skills needed for the world of work.
Fanuc Robotics – which is based at Coventry’s Seven Stars Industrial Estate – is one of the many businesses across the region to sign up to speak to students during the campaign.
And delighted college staff say they have been overwhelmed by the firm’s generosity.
Fanuc, which employs more than 45 staff in the city, has been making the Robodrill in some form since 1972.
'This all came about after one of our apprentices, who studies at Henley College, mentioned that they were trying to source some new machinery for the students,” said the company’s sales manager Nigel House.
'I went to visit the college on the back of this and realised that they didn’t have the money to buy this type of machine.
'This Robodrill is very up-to-date in terms of technology and these students at Henley College will be able to train on machines that even some employers don’t currently have access to, which will be a massive benefit for them.
'It will also be a big benefit to businesses because that control system is not only used in the one machine, there are a lot of companies around the world which are currently using our control system, so students can take what they learn from the Robodrill and apply it to other machines.”
Ray Goy, principal of Henley College said: 'We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Fanuc Robotics and we would like to thank them for this incredible donation to our engineering department.
'This Robodrill is state-of-the-art technology and will provide students with some of the most advanced training available today.
'Many firms around the world use technology from Fanuc, so our students will leave college with a strong skills set in preparation for their first steps into the world of work.”
Throughout the week, Henley College will be helping students gain the skills they need to find employment with the Enterprise & Employability Week.
This week’s campaign will feature a range of seminars, workshops and talks from business leaders across Coventry and Warwickshire. It will also include another Dragons Den-style event which proved incredibly successful last year.