Funding announced for college scheme

A Fareham College artist's impression of their proposed site at Daedalus
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THE training centre planned to be built at Daedalus – now known as the Solent Enterprise Zone – has been given £3m.

The money has been given to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

It means that the fund to establish the training centre, which will be run by Fareham College, is halfway to its £12m target.

College principal Nigel Duncan said: ‘By awarding this funding the government has clearly endorsed our plan to establish a Centre of Excellence for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training on the Solent Enterprise Zone.

‘This will provide a huge boost to support the development of skills that local people will need to gain employment.’

In addition to the £3m for the college, £10m was awarded to the Solent LEP to help companies within the defence sector.

Specifically it is designed to help defence firms which need to increase their exports or need help in encouraging their businesses to grow.

Details are still sketchy about how defence firms would apply for the cash, but James Davis, enterprise director at BAE Systems, said: ‘As we prepare for the arrival of the QE Class aircraft carriers to our city in a few years, it’s vital that industry, the Royal Navy and our education partners work together to invest in the infrastructure and skills we need to support these magnificent ships.

‘This project will play a key role in this and we’re extremely proud to be part of it.’