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GC appoints new heads to drive engineering growth in Gloucestershire

1 October 2015
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L-R: Brian Fowler, Head of Engineering, and Hameed Okyere, Deputy Head of Engineering

Gloucestershire College, has appointed industry experts Brian Fowler as its new Head of Engineering, and Hameed Okyere as its new Deputy Head of Engineering, to drive the College’s growing engineering provision.

Both Brian and Hameed have decades of experience in the field and have been instrumental in promoting STEM, specifically engineering, in Gloucestershire, to ensure its engineering sector continues to thrive and meet the growing local skills demands.

A former Business Consultant and Governor at the College, Brian has a background in engineering training and apprenticeships, as well as high volume manufacture, having previously worked for companies including Xerox, and represented the South West on the SEMTA Sector Skills Council.

While Hameed holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Power Systems, and joined Gloucestershire College in 2008 as an Engineering Lecturer. Hugely popular among his peers and students, Hameed recently won the 2015 GC Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students – voted for by students – and was described by them as a “legendary figure in academia”.

Both Brian and Hameed will lead the College’s Engineering Team in growing the College’s engineering provision, including launching the new facilities at Gloucester Campus, which received significant investment over the summer.

Stand-out features include mechanical and electronic laboratories; building a new CNC centre, which features a new CNC 4 axis machine; modernising equipment and software; and installing new mechatronic equipment, including pneumatic, electro pneumatic and PLC training systems with distribution and handling stations.

They also rolled out a new higher apprenticeships programme in September, alongside the successful new Electronic and Computer Engineering Degree, in partnership with the University of the West of England, which is currently training 16 students from a number of blue-chip companies.

Brian said: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed Head of Engineering for Gloucestershire College and look forward to using my extensive experience to bring an industrial perspective to the department.

“We’re serious about supporting the development of engineering higher education and training, and are delighted with the new workshops and success of our first engineering degree. We help businesses recruit and train the next generation of engineers and would welcome the opportunity to show them around the new facilities.”

There will be an official launch for the Engineering Centre later this month, when the College will invite VIPs and engineering businesses to tour the new facilities and find out how GC can help train their workforces of the future.

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