A £12M college that will nurture engineering skills is on target to open its doors this September.
Minister Kris Hopkins paid a visit to The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training (Cemast) at the Solent Enterprise Zone, in Lee-on-the-Solent, yesterday.
Mr Hopkins said: ‘It’s an amazing enterprise zone, a place the government believes will build growth and build jobs out of the local economy.
‘As a 51-year-old now, I wish I was a 14-year-old about to start my education in an establishment as great as this.’
Deputy principal Peter Marsh said: ‘We are proud to have delivered this landmark building on time and on budget — this is a truly trailblazing project as the first major training facility created on an enterprise zone.’
Brad Matthew, an apprentice engineer with Bouygues UK, has been getting some hands-on experience working to construct the college.
Brad, 20, of Fareham, said: ‘I’ve learnt a lot through this site. It’s been very beneficial.’