The Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC), run by Fareham College and based at the Solent Enterprise Zone, is a £2.8m flagship Solent Growth Deal investment from the Solent LEP to support the new £4.1m centre. The purpose-built facility will offer first class training facilities and is designed to help meet the future workforce requirements for civil engineering and construction businesses in Hampshire. CETC will build on the success of the existing CEMAST (Centre for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training) campus.
Over £15.4bn of planned development will take place in Hampshire over the next five years, and it is essential that the 35 companies based in the Solent region who specialise in groundwork's and civil engineering have access to the skilled workforce required to help meet this demand and build out these projects. CETC will deliver 1,665 apprentices to the workforce between 2018 and 2023. This will also be supplemented by 3,605 short course training, which will up-skill the construction industry personnel and ensure that their skills remain relevant.
In the same manner that the CEMAST Centre has promoted technical training routes in the electrical, marine, aeronautical and automotive sectors, CETC will do the same for the civil engineering sector. In doing so, it will create over 600 jobs per year and provide a well-paid and secure route to employment for returners to work, NEETs, career changers and people starting a civilian career after careers in the armed forces.
The CETC is supported by major employers including Aeropark Developments, Baram Ltd, Blanchard Wells, Blaze Construction, Carlton Civil Engineering, Dyer & Butler, Gracelands Civil Engineering and Groundwork's, John Reilly Civil Engineering, Knights Brown, R&W and Southern Concrete.