Hopes rise for cash tofund new permanent site for '˜digger school'

AFTER the success of its first apprenticeship schemes, an educational training centre for civil engineering has been awarded funds for a permanent site.

Sunday, 7th January 2018, 8:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th January 2018, 9:13 pm

The Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) run by Fareham College have been chosen to receive an investment for the multi-million pound project by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College Nigel Duncan said: ‘We are thrilled to have been awarded a Solent Skills and Productivity Investment Fund capital grant by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

‘The grant will support the development of a much needed Civil Engineering Training Centre. Based on economic demand, this project is to establish a purpose-built Civil Engineering Training Centre that will meet the increasing and long-term needs of a sector of industry that has been largely forgotten in the national training landscape.’

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Last month Nelson explained there were long term plans for a permanent site for the training centre which runs an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with local firms that sponsor the trainees and provide them with support.

Nigel added: ‘Initiated and driven by a group of large, highly regarded and regionally active civil engineering companies based in the Solent, our vision is that by 2020 CETC will be the Centre of Excellence for skill-based occupations in Civil Engineering for the Solent and South Hampshire Areas.’

The final decision on the grant is to be confirmed in March.