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Minister visits College of the Year

Anne Milton MP went to Fareham College to learn about the £2.8m Local Growth Fund investment in its £4.1m Civil Engineering Training Centre

Posted by Julian Owen | March 21, 2018 | People, policy, politics, money

Fareham College has been visited by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP. She was there to learn about the £2.8m Local Growth Fund investment from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) into the college’s £4.1m Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC).

CETC is the second flagship investment in skills awarded to Fareham College by the Solent LEP. Over 1,665 apprentices will be trained at this centre between 2018 and 2023. The purpose-built facility will offer training facilities designed to meet the future workforce requirements for civil engineering and construction businesses in the South.

Anne Milton MP said: “Fareham College is absolutely fantastic! The enthusiasm to train up young apprentices as well as older apprentices is amazing. I’m pleased to see so many people starting a successful career as an apprentice on a construction site.”

Fareham College was recently crowned TES FE College of the Year and is judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Nigel Duncan, Principal of Fareham College, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome the Minister to Fareham College to show her how we are meeting the future skills requirements of the local economy. We work incredibly closely with our employer partners to ensure that all our students receive high-quality training that will help them either continue their studies or move into the workplace.”

The centre will be located alongside Fareham College’s CEMAST (Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training) facility, also backed by £6m of Solent LEP investment. The college works with major employers such as BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Airbus and South Western Railways at the site, and was highly commended in a recent Ofsted inspection.


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