Public Sector

Published: October 28, 2019 | Updated: November 1, 2019

Extra £1.3m funding allocated to education and skills from Dorset LEP’s Local Growth Fund

Bournemouth & Poole College is among four educational establishments to receive more than £1.3m worth of extra funding from Dorset LEP’s Local Growth Fund.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

More than £1.3m has been allocated to three colleges and a university by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The money, which represents a significant local investment in Dorset’s young people, is from the Local Growth Fund.

Dorset LEP’s investment will work to address key skills gaps and unlock talent and ambition across local communities.

It will support economic activity, as outlined in the LEP’s Industrial Strategy.

Lorna Carver

Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director, said: “Increasing the local education skills offering and competitiveness is of great importance in consolidating Dorset as a great place to learn, and then work.

“In particular, these four projects demonstrate investment in the areas of arts, land-based studies and engineering and manufacturing.”

The four projects are:

  • Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) will receive £51,000 for the purchase of new laptops and a bespoke locker unit from which further education students will be able to loan the computers, giving students free access to specialist Mac laptops fitted with the latest creative industry standard software. The project is expected to be operational in March 2020 and will upskill AUB students as well as support local creative industry businesses seeking skilled employees.
  • Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, has been allocated £111,000 to build an Outdoor Education Centre and undertake college refurbishment works. The new centre will include a bouldering climbing wall which is a teaching resource and commercial asset. By late 2020, the land-based education college will have this new centre, a refurbished commercial kitchen and improved access roads.
  • Weymouth College will introduce an Engineering Centre of Excellence to Dorset thanks to a £605,000 investment, which will vastly improve advanced engineering teaching capabilities by paying for state-of-the-art equipment. Plans include a new digital media suite, allowing students to develop computer-aided-design and modelling skills. There are also plans to advance the college’s Electrical Engineering Centre at its Poundbury Campus, as well as the machinery and IT equipment available within the Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology project recently completed, also supported by Dorset LEP.
  • £610,000 of skills funding from Dorset LEP will support Bournemouth & Poole College in further establishing an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Dorset by increasing its engineering and manufacturing offering. The North Road campus will be refurbished into a construction hub which will accommodate a wider variety of skilled trades.