Last week, Suella Braverman was joined by Gavin Williamson MP, the Secretary of State for Education, at Fareham College to officially unveil both the new ‘T Level’ teaching facilities at the Bishopsfield Road campus and the College’s new Civil Engineering Training Centre in Lee-on-the-Solent.
Officially launched in September 2020, T Levels are a new two-year qualification for 16 to 19-year-olds, designed in collaboration with employers and businesses to prepare students for work, further training or study. A 45-day industry placement, which is at the heart of each course, will help young people development relevant industry experience in pursuit of their desired careers.
Matched by funding from the Department for Education, Fareham College have invested £1 million into the new facilities to support the T Level courses now available to students. This includes the development of a simulated nursery environment for the Education and Childcare T Level, as well as a state-of-the-art IT suite fitted with high-end gaming computers and a nine-screen video wall that will support the Digital Production, Design and Development course.
Fareham College’s newly revamped Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC), opened during the visit, will also support the blossoming careers of the world’s future construction and engineering experts. While bolstered by national funding, the project reflects the accumulative efforts of a pioneering collaboration between employers – such as Blanchard Wells – and Fareham College, and will equip civil engineers with the skills necessary to fulfil an increasing demand for regional infrastructure and housing.
Supported by capital investment from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Fareham College provides industry-renowned Civil Engineering training; it has previously been the recipient of the Association of College’s City and Guilds Beacon Award for Engagement with Employers.
Commenting Suella Said:
“I was honoured to stand alongside the Education Secretary at Fareham College – albeit, at two metres – to mark the opening of the college’s new T Level training facilities. Fareham College is an outstanding local institution, and these new developments typify the school’s forward-thinking and innovative ethos.
The introduction of T Levels represents an exciting opportunity for students to actively launch their desired careers by honing relevant industry skills that will place them in good stead post-education. The revamped facilities at Fareham College ensure that local students will benefit from the latest technological advancements and trade expertise.
I was also pleased to join Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage at the newly-revamped CETC Centre, which I am certain will pave the way for the construction and engineering experts of the future. As we continue to level-up our communities, these young students will be vital in the years ahead.”