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Dorset: Investment secured for upgrade of Bournemouth & Poole College facilities

Bournemouth & Poole College’s Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing facilities are receiving a major upgrade thanks to a £565,150 investment secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Dorset Growth Deal*.

The first phase of the refurbishment has recently been completed – the works will further enhance the quality of the facilities, reduce its carbon footprint and increase its energy efficiency. The upgrades included:

– cladding of external walls

– replacements of windows (UPVC double glazed energy efficient units)

– roof repairs

– upgrading the college’s welding bay facility with the addition of 16 new welding bays

– upgrading the motor vehicle practical teaching area including tyre changing facilities

– upgrading the motorcycle maintenance practical area.

Gordon Page, chairman of Dorset LEP, said: “We are delighted to have secured funding through the Dorset Growth Deal to invest in Bournemouth & Poole College’s facilities which will help address the increased demand from local employers for highly-skilled engineering and advanced manufacturing personnel. By helping to improve Dorset’s education and training, we will create a more highly-skilled and educated workforce which in turn will boost productivity and employment in the region.”


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