Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) has allocated just over £1.3 million of Local Growth Funding to invest in our young people.
The money is going towards three local colleges and a University in Dorset. Dorset LEP’s funding will work to address key skills gaps and unlock talent across our local communities.
Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) will receive £51,000 for the purchase of new laptops and a bespoke locker unit. The computers will have the latest creative industry standard software and will be accessible for students to loan. This project is expected to be operational in March 2020.
Kingston Maurward College (KMC), Dorchester, have been allocated £111,000 to build an Outdoor Education Centre and undertake college refurbishment works. The new centre will include a climbing wall, which is a teaching resource and commercial asset. All refurbishments and improvements are expected to be completed by late 2020.
Weymouth College will introduce an Engineering Centre of Excellence to Dorset thanks to a £605,000 investment. The money is intended to 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.
Finally, £610,000 of skills funding from Dorset LEP will be used to support Bournemouth & Poole College. They want to further establish an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Dorset by increasing their engineering & manufacturing offering.
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 & manufacturing.”