Oscar the robot helped host the official unveiling of £2m-worth of hi-tech engineering facilities at Nelson and Colne College.
The new department features a subsonic wind tunnel, along with workshops equipped with the latest technology and software, such as computerised numerical control machinery.
It is aimed at helping the college’s engineering students learn the skills needed to help them get jobs in Lancashire’s manufacturing sector.
On the launch night, interactive robot Oscar spent time talking to guests about apprenticeships and giving out canapés from the college’s restaurant and bistro.
Nelson and Colne College’s assistant principal for enterprise and engagement, Alison Rushton, said: “This is such an exciting time for the college, and we are looking forward to seeing school, college and adult learners, as well as employers, benefit from this outstanding skills facility.
“Manufacturing forms the largest private sector employment for Pendle, so there really is no better time for students to get ready for their future with Nelson and Colne College.”
Main pic: Oscar the robot hands out canapés to principal of Nelson and Colne College Amanda Melton