The Enterprise M3 Skills Capital Programme aims to develop a network of world-class vocational skills and enterprise education centres to empower the Enterprise M3 Sci:Tech Corridor.
To this end, we have secured £17 million from the Local Growth Fund to support six leading edge skills centres across the Enterprise M3 area. The centres will provide state-of-the-art facilities for laboratories, construction, engineering, ICT/digital, cybersecurity, environmental technologies and support for higher education courses. They will be delivered in partnership with Brooklands College, Farnborough College of Technology, Whitehill & Bordon, Brockenhurst College and Sparsholt and Andover College.
The aim of these centres is to stimulate local businesses to engage with future generation employees by investing in these centres, creating 434 apprenticeships, including over 100 higher apprenticeships and further job creation. The centres will also deliver high quality science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills which have been identified in our Strategic Economic as a major skills gap in the Enterprise M3 area.
One of the six centres, the Brockenhurst College STEM Advancement Project, has a specific STEM focus. It will be a contemporary learning centre including high specification laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology developed in collaboration with IBM. The interactive science and maths teaching rooms; workshops and IT suites will provide a unique learning space.Students will be inspired to become our future scientists, researchers, innovators and leaders. College Principal Di Roberts CBE said: “We are delighted that Enterprise M3 LEP has chosen to invest in Brockenhurst College. This is an important project that will have a significant impact on the quality of STEM skills, education and training.”