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The benefits of custom workbenches for further education colleges

The benefits of custom workbenches for further education colleges

Further education colleges are dynamic environments where education meets the practical skills required to shape the future workforce. In this blog, we explore the many benefits for colleges investing in custom workbenches to enhance the learning experience of students.

According to the Association of Colleges (AoC), there are more than 160 further education colleges in England. Every year they educate hundreds of thousands of students, from school leavers to over 50s, by offering high-quality academic, technical and vocational courses.

The colleges offer a wide range of qualifications, including higher national certificates (HNCs), higher national diplomas (HNDs), A levels, apprenticeships, GCSEs, BTECs, post-graduate degrees and many more. From bricklaying to beauty therapy, there is an almost neverending list of skills to study.

So how can robust, British-made workbenches support students and staff?

Tailored to further education colleges

Custom-designed workbenches allow colleges to align their kitchens and workshops with specific curriculum requirements. Whether it's catering or carpentry, a bespoke workbench can be crafted to cater to the unique needs of each vocational course. This ensures students receive hands-on training that directly translates to real-world scenarios, enhancing their practical knowledge and employability.

Optimise space and efficiency

Efficient use of space is essential in further education colleges, particularly those in city centre locations. Bespoke workbenches enable colleges to make the best use of their layout, while thoughtful design considerations can also enhance workflow efficiency. The goal is for students to be able to seamlessly move between workstations, promoting a learning environment.

Health and safety

The safety of students and staff is a top priority in any educational institution. Robust workbenches can be equipped with safety features specific to the skills being taught. This might include secure storage for tools and hazardous materials, built-in powerpoints to avoid loose wiring or ergonomic designs to reduce the risk of injury. Investing in workbenches protects individuals and fosters a culture of responsibility and professionalism.

Performance and durability

Education is an investment in the future, and so are the tools and equipment used in further education colleges. Made from rigid steel, products from UK Workbenches Ltd are built with durability in mind, ensuring they withstand the rigors of daily use. By investing in quality benches, colleges can reduce the need for frequent replacements, generating cost savings.

Practical skills

Custom workbenches provide colleges with the flexibility to replicate industry-standard kitchens, studios and workshops. This exposure to real-world environments helps students bridge the gap between theory and practice. By using workbenches that mirror those found in the professional world, students gain a better understanding of industry standards and expectations, preparing them for a smooth transition into the workforce.

Want to learn more about workbenches?

For many decades the team at UK Workbenches has been supporting further education colleges in building safe, and industry-relevant learning environments. By investing in robust workstations, colleges can empower students with the practical skills and experiences they need to thrive in their chosen careers.

Contact our friendly team today and they can help you find the perfect workbenches for your college.


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