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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has appointed Steve Gilder as Centre Manger for the new Bordon Future Skills Centre.
The flagship facility will offer high end construction training to meet the skills demands of employers as part of the regeneration programme in Bordon and Whitehill. The centre will also host an extensive range of adult and community learning programmes for the wider community.
Steve, who was formerly Head of Construction/Building Services at Fareham and Croydon Colleges, started his working life as an Apprentice. From grass-roots training, he then went on to work in industry and study at Portsmouth University where he gained his Civil Engineering degree. “Starting at entry level and then working my way up has given me the skills, knowledge and understanding of what’s needed to make the centre work,” said Steve. He continued:
“With the significant investment in Whitehill and Bordon, it is critical that we have a skilled workforce to support the economic growth. The centre will play a vital part in the lives of young people and the wider community as they gain the technical construction skills needed to support the development of the area.”
Steve is keen to reiterate that the centre is very much a facility for everyone and will be led by the demands of local people, business and employers. “Our vision is to make this a centre of excellence for construction skills training and a credible route into employment. As well as providing much needed homes for Whitehill and Bordon, it is important that we also support the local community by providing the opportunity for jobs and training.”
Anthony Bravo, Principal of Basingstoke College of Technology said: “We have already received a good number of applications for courses starting in September at BFSC, but applications are still open. From our work with local schools and employers we know that the Future Skills Centre will be a great success.”
To find out more about the Future Skills Centre, please visit bcot.ac.uk/fsc or follow @BordonFSC on Twitter.