Over £1 million given to new Weymouth College excellence centres

Over £1 million given to new Weymouth College excellence centres

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 20th June 2020.

Over £1 million is being given to Weymouth College for excellence centres.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership have allocated £1.36 million of its Local Growth Fund to Weymouth College, to launch their new Centre of Excellence, in Engineering and Construction.

£605,000 will be invested in the 'Centre of Excellence for Engineering' which Weymouth College plans to open this Autumn.

The new facility will feature a new digital media suite, allowing students to develop computer-aided-design and modelling skills using the most up-to-date equipment and software. 

Construction and engineering

The college plan on using some of the money to improve the Electrical Engineering Centre, purchasing new machinery and IT equipment for its Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology, which was opened by Dorset LEP in November 2019.

Jim Stewart is the Dorset LEP Chair he said: 

"We are committed to investing in Dorset's young people. These new Centres of Excellence will not only enable the college to meet identified skill gaps but will also help young people find suitable work in Dorset.

"Investing in training will ensure our county has the workforce ready to meet the needs of the economy. In turn, this will help grow the economy and bring a boost to local businesses."

Weymouth College Background

Weymouth College's Principal and Chief Executive is Nigel Evans, he said the new training facilities will offer more opportunities for local students:  

"We are incredibly excited about the opportunities this funding from Dorset LEP will unleash.

"Our new Centres of Excellence will vastly improve our advanced engineering and construction teaching capabilities.

"We have already held meetings with local engineering and construction employers to ensure we invest in the equipment and software that will make our students work-ready."

£750,000 will be allocated to the 'Centre of Excellence for Constructions Skills', which will increase teaching standards and the number of construction students and apprentices.

The upgrade will allow 260 full-time and part-time construction students and up to 160 construction apprentices a year. 

The college will be able to meet new apprenticeship standards and increase specialisms not currently delivered to meet the needs of Dorset's construction industry. These include painting and decorating, plastering, construction maintenance, plumbing with solar/thermal pathways and an increased emphasis on environmentally sustainable construction.