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Opened in September 2017, the Future Skills Centre in Bordon offers a wide range of specialist construction courses, designed to meet the needs of employers in the construction industry.
The £3.8million facility, commissioned by Hampshire County Council, is part of the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon and gives young people the opportunity to learn a trade, gain professional qualifications through our links with Solent University or get the skills needed for a career in the construction industry.
Steve GilderFuture Skills Centre Manager
"The FSC is a state of the art training centre that will challenge your perception of the construction industry. We are committed to training and upskilling the next generation of site operatives and construction professionals."
Steve Gilder, Future Skills Centre Manager
The innovative new building, built by Hampshire County Council and substantially funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), was officially handed over, on 13 October 2017, to Basingstoke College of Technology, which is operating the centre, and providing its comprehensive range of vocational training courses in the construction sector, including apprenticeships.
The Home and Communities Agency secured an award of £3.8 million to fund the project, through the Local Growth Fund Grant from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, and then selected the County Council to build the new facility and identify an operator. The County Council also put £250,000 towards the building costs for the new centre.
Although the focus is on training for the construction sector, the centre is the new local hub for technical training and will host a broad adult and community learning programme for the wider community.
The new centre is one part of the master plan to extend and regenerate the town following the departure of the Army training facilities in 2015 and closure of the Bordon Army Garrison - the principal employer in the area. The County Council is actively involved in the provision of the new infrastructure, vital to support the town, including constructing a £20 million relief road that will tie in with the A325 to the north and south of Whitehill and Bordon, and improving school facilities.
The core curriculum at the Future Skills Centre reflects the skills needed in the area, which have been identified by the Construction Industry Training Board, and confirmed by consultation with developers and contractors involved in the regeneration project.