Fareham College has acquired planning permission and appointed a building contractor for its new Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) in partnership with the Solent Civil Engineering Employers Group
Fareham-based Amiri Construction has been selected to construct the new multi-million pound campus, which has received funding from Solent LEP and will be located close to the College’s existing CEMAST campus in Lee-on-the-Solent.
The Civil Engineering Training Centre aims to deliver more than 1,600 groundwork and civil engineering apprenticeships over a five-year period.
Mark Wells, Chairman of the Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group, said: “With over £15bn worth of construction-based development in Hampshire over the next five years, the new training centre is good news for apprentices and students, good news for employers and good news for our local economy.”
The Civil Engineering Training Centre is currently a two-acre mock construction site that offers a unique and pioneering Groundwork and Civil Engineering Apprenticeship. It was set up in response to a county-wide skills shortage impacting civil engineering growth and expansion in the south.
Nigel Duncan, Fareham College Principal, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Amiri Construction and to move this project to the next stage. Our new CETC campus, which is due to open in autumn 2019, will be a major asset for the College and the region.
“We will be training the next generation of skilled groundworkers and helping to fill an important gap, something that is much in demand by industry.”