Students Hannah Stanbury and Kyron Threlfall have marked the start on site of work to build the new state-of-the-art training facility at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.
They took part in a ceremony on site, attended by funding partners including Hampshire County Council, the Skills Funding Agency and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.
Hannah studied a BTEC Level 3 in mechanical engineering, achieving a top award double distinction star (D*D*). She is currently on an apprenticeship with Defence Munitions Gosport and Fareham College. This academic year Hannah is starting her HNC in engineering and will be studying at the new centre during the second year of her programme. Hannah was formerly at Bay House School and plans to continue her career in the engineering sector, possibly joining the Army’s Royal Engineers.
Kyron started at Gosport College from Bridgemary School on the level 1 programme in automotive engineering and now works for Jensen Motorsport team. Kyron is enrolling this year on the Motor Vehicle level 3. Jensen Motorsport Team Principal, Jensen Lunn, has been extremely impressed with Kyron’s work.
Students currently studying engineering, manufacturing and automotive studies at both the Fareham and Gosport College sites will all transfer to the new centre next September 2014. Around 900 engineering students are expected to attend the college every year, studying courses ranging from foundation Level 1 through to Higher National Diploma (HND) at Level 5. The Centre for Excellence in Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) project is the first phase of a wider £26 million programme to transform Fareham College into a centre of excellence for technical, vocational and applied studies. A public exhibition of the plans for the development of the existing Bishopsfield Campus will run for four weeks from Monday 16 September.
Nigel Duncan, College Principal said: “This project represents a major £12m investment by the college and its partners in twenty first century engineering training facilities. We look forward to opening our doors to hundreds of learners at CEMAST next September and helping to continue to meet the essential skills needs of employers in Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas.”
Peter Marsh, Deputy Principal, said: “On behalf of the 9,000 learners we plan to help train in the next ten years we’d like to thank Hampshire County Council, the LEP, the Skills Funding Agency and the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for their invaluable support.”
The Solent LEP provided a £3m loan for the project and helped secure £3m government grant from the Regional Growth Fund.
Anne Marie Mountifield, Solent LEP chief executive, said: “Meeting the needs of aeronautical and marine employers is a fundamental part of our vision for the Solent Enterprise Zone and we are very pleased to see the commencement of construction of this excellent facility.”