A contract with BAE Systems has been agreed for £621,000 EOP funding alongside a further £1.179m Local Growth Deal contribution, (local contribution totalling £1.8m). The combined Skills Development Centre & Portsmouth Naval Base Marine Engineering Centre project is a £9,700,000 transformational programme to deliver new and upgraded workshop facilities from the redevelopment of existing facilities at Portsmouth Naval Base. The scheme supports the Skills Development Centre (SDC), which was refurbished in 2016 and within which Level 1 and 2 apprentices are trained for both Naval Base and local SME requirements. The Marine Engineering Centre will deliver enhanced training facilities for Level 3 and 4 apprentices and enable up-skilling and re-training at level 3 of the existing workforce, to improve operational efficiency and capability in response to heightened demand for services to support the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers.
Further detail is available in the published business case for the scheme, available here.