Wigan & Leigh College has a long-standing history and reputation for providing excellence in engineering and manufacturing and is committed to training highly skilled engineers for the future. The College specialises in intelligent engineering including mechatronics, robotics, automation and autonomous vehicles, as well as the development and evolution of hybrid technologies.

£1.4m was invested in the Centre to ensure that future engineers develop technical skills and knowledge using the latest equipment and technologies, which include a CNC Milling Machine, CNC Plasma Cutter and Thermo Fluid Bench and Bernoullis Principle Test equipment.

Our established Centre of Excellence is focused on raising aspirations in Engineering through outstanding teaching and delivers a wide range of courses up to degree level including Apprenticeships for careers in;

  • Aircraft Design and Build Engineer
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle Engineer
  • Robotics

Partnerships with many employers including Sellafield and MBDA Missile Systems deliver real work experience for students and our expert tutors are time served engineers.


Our students progress onto University, an apprenticeship or employment in their chosen career.

  • Pass rates are high with 100% pass rate at Level 3 and many of our students progress onto University or Degree Apprenticeships.
  • College students make Team UK in World Skills
  • 100% progression rates for Electrical & Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
  • Students have represented Squad UK at World Skills


Our specialist tutors are time-served experts in their industry and hold the highest qualifications in their field. They have enjoyed great careers in the engineering sector and engage in continued professional development to stay ahead of current developments.


Our students have access to real working environments and practical experience in live settings in our dedicated Pagefield Centre including:

  • teaching labs featuring industry standard equipment
  • sustainable technology & renewable energies centre
  • automotive & mechanical engineering workshops
  • construction workshops
  • specialist fluid & thermodynamics laboratory
  • inspection & testing facilities
  • additive manufacturing.

Browse our facilities gallery to find out more.


We have worked in partnership with Sellafield Ltd for more than three years. We jointly developed a nuclear degree apprenticeship programme to meet specific company needs and ensure that their apprentices are equipped with the skills for a career in the nuclear engineering sector. Sellafield Ltd apprentices undertake an intensive five year programme, gaining hands on experience in the industry and academic study at Wigan & Leigh College's Centre of Excellence in Engineering.

We are proud to have strong employer partnerships within the engineering sector Sellafield Ltd, MBDA Missile Systems, HUSCO International, Electricity North West, National Nuclear Laboratory, Severfield, Krones UK and many more.

Our Expert Engineering Tutors

Dr Derek Green
Senior Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Martin Gilmore
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Jamie Tomlinson
Lecturer in Electrical Installation
Adrian Naylor
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Explore Our Facilities

Automotive & Hybrid Engineering
Computer Aided Design Software
Mechanical Engineering