Higher Education Centre's Royal Seal of Approval; THE Higher Education and Conference Centre at Redcar and Cleveland College Got the Royal Seal of Approval When It Was Officially Opened by the Duke of Gloucester

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Developed in partnership with The Sir William Turners Trust Foundation and Teesside University, the pounds 3.94m centre offers students the opportunity from Redcar and beyond to study for accredited degree level courses in an environment specifically developed to meet their needs.

As part of his visit, the duke met with students studying on the BTEC extended diploma in engineering in the centre and saw some of its high-tech equipment in action, including a robotic arm which is one of only two in the UK.

He then went on to unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the centre.

The Duke said: "It's a very great pleasure for me to be here in Redcar to have the very pleasant task of officially opening this Higher Education and Conference Centre.

"It's a great delight to me, as an ex-architect, to see a new building being put up to solve a particular problem and you now have a building at the cutting edge to provide exactly the right facilities that are needed for training the young people of the area.

"We need our young people to be able to do all sorts of tasks and to think for themselves. Facilities such as this will give them the knowledge and understanding to keep our companies ahead of the field and ahead of the competition."

Principal of Redcar and Cleveland College, Gary Groom, said of the centre: "The opening of the Higher Education Centre marks an important step for the provision of education and training in the borough. …