Warco JCB Academy

Following on from our post detailing the Warco installation of lathes & milling machines at Prospects College, we’d like to share some details of another comprehensive machine tool set up we provided at the JCB Academy in Staffordshire.

Firstly, a quick bit of background about the JCB Academy. It’s an all new centre for developing a new generation of engineers and future business leaders, offering a wide range of practical vocational courses – all backed by the central principle of learning by doing.  

The JCB building was originally a mill, built in the late 18th Century by the famous industrial entrepreneur and engineer Richard Arkwright. It went on to be completely transformed as part of the JCB project, and is now a state of the art educational centre for 21st Century students studying business and engineering.

Above: Students on a Warco Lathe, photo from The Guardian

As part of the process of establishing the facilities, we were were asked to equip large scale workshops in keeping with the JCB Academy’s aim of creating a truly renowned learning centre for engineering. They were after workshops fully equipped for work on real-life engineering projects, and we were happy to provide a completely bespoke installation of Warco machinery.

Here are some photos of Warco machines in place just after being fitted and installed. Note that rather than the usual Warco green, as part of the request we supplied all machinery in bespoke JCB themed colours.

The range of machinery we supplied and handled all aspects of installation for included:

JCB Academy was officially opened by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, you can read more about the opening on the BBC news site here. It’s now in its second academic year of training a new generation of engineers and business leaders – something we’re proud to have been a part of.

For further reading about the scale of the project, there was an interesting article published in Technology In Education magazine which we’ve included below.

Article about JCB Academy and Warco machines
Technology In Education article about JCB Academy opening and Warco machinery.