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Fareham College moving the earth to invest in engineering skills
THE first earth has been shifted in a multi-million pound investment in engineering skills in Hampshire.
Fareham College students Hannah Stanbury and Kyron Threlfall marked the start of work at the site with the turf-cutting ceremony for the CEMAST centre.
Students currently studying engineering, manufacturing and automotive studies at both the Fareham and Gosport College sites will all transfer to the new CEMAST centre in September 2014.
College principal Nigel Duncan said: “The college is delighted that work has now started on site to deliver this exciting project. This project represents a major £12m investment by the college and its partners in 21st-century engineering training facilities.
“We look forward to opening our doors to hundreds of learners at CEMAST next September and helping to continue to meet the essential skills needs of employers in Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas.”
The ceremony was attended by funding partners including Hampshire County Council, the Skills Funding Agency and the Local Enterprise Partnership.
The CEMAST project is the first phase of a wider £26m programme to transform Fareham College into a centre of excellence for technical, vocational and applied studies.
A public exhibition of the plans for the development of the existing Bishopsfield Campus will run for four weeks from Monday.
Peter Marsh, deputy principal, said “We are thrilled to have started work on CEMAST and on behalf of the 9,000 learners we plan to help train in the next ten years we'd like to thank Hampshire County Council, the LEP, the Skills Funding Agency and the Government's Regional Growth Fund for their invaluable support.”
Anne Marie Mountifield, chief executive of the Solent LEP, which has provided a £3m loan for the project and helped secure £3m Government grant from the Regional Growth Fund, said: “Meeting the needs of aeronautical and marine employers is a fundamental part of our vision for the Solent Enterprise Zone and we are very pleased to see the commencement of construction of this excellent facility.”
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