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STEM training centre opens in Gloucestershire

Published: Friday, 09 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills centre has opened, providing training and job opportunities for young people.

Officially the building will be called the John Huggett Engineering Hall and it has been backed by the GFirst LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnership) Growth Deal pot, won from the Government.

GFirst LEP was set up by the Government in 2011 to work with local businesses, voluntary organisations and authorities to create jobs and business opportunities

Designs for the building, located at the decommissioned Berkeley power station site, were drawn up in partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and the University of Gloucestershire.

It is hoped that the centre will develop into a world-class facility of excellence for STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – training, providing workforce development, training and job opportunities.

David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, said: “SGS came to us with the idea and we were able to work with it to help put something in place with funding from the Growth Deal.”

Develop and grow future talent

SGS College learned in July 2014 that its joint application with the University of Gloucestershire to the local enterprise partnership GFirst LEP to create the centre had won approval.

Subsequently, the site was awarded £5 million from the Government’s Growth Fund as the first phase of an anticipated £40million development – this funding was matched by the college to develop 14 acres of the site.

Diane Savory, GFirst’s Chairman, said: “It is about looking ahead to the future. We have been the catalyst for this. This gives the county another USP and turns a great space back into something useful.”

The second phase of the ambitious project is an Advanced Renewables Research Centre, which is already attracting companies who are eager to develop and grow future talent.

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