Our Journey So Far
Our ambition is to ensure every learner fulfils their potential, and to do this we need to support our learners to continue their journey in their own time. We need to develop the estate so that we can provide a blend of formal and informal learning and collaboration spaces so that there is provision to enable learners and staff to be on campus flexibly enjoying ‘taught time’, guided and supervised learning and self-directed study.
Campus Investment: Our campus investment strategy totals around £30+ million and will be delivered within the next four years, meaning that by the end of 2024, our full campus will have been redesigned and redeveloped.
Institute of Technology: Yeovil College is one of only 12 ‘Institute of Technologies’ (IoT) Centres in the country, and the only one locally in South Somerset and Dorset. This means that we have received a share of £190 million of IoT funding to significantly reshape, redesign and develop our campus to create a hub of technological innovation, which is even more reflective of the industries in which our students choose to develop their careers. The impact of being part of this digital partnership can be seen across our entire campus.
Health, Education & Science Centre: We are part of the second-wave of T Levels, which means that we have invested heavily within a number of areas, including Digital, Health, Childcare, Education and Science. Our new Health, Education and Science Centre, which also houses our new dental labs, opens this year and it will be the largest dedicated centre of its kind in Somerset and Dorset. There is great excitement within our community about this revolutionary centre.
Digital Connectivity: We have invested around £2.5 million in our digital infrastructure and connectivity, which has been a key step in developing a truly connected campus and to deliver flexible digital learning and social spaces. We have made collaboration in and out of the classroom possible and have truly embedded technology into learning, which has enabled us to provide an environment which can deliver the knowledge and skills required for career success through the fourth industrial revolution.
Accommodation Funding: We are one of 16 colleges across the country to receive funding that supports the development of our estate. This investment will see the full Yeovil College campus redesigned and redeveloped and is the final piece of our ambitious full campus transformation plan.
Social Spaces: Social spaces are being completely overhauled. Students will be able to work and collaborate in purpose built digital cafes located throughout the campus and supported by staff, meaning that they can make the most of their learning in inspirational environments. Student Hub: Our student hub will see the size of our library and Learning Resource Centre more than double and will be a space deliberately created for students to access all that they need, including employer engagement, careers, support, enrichment, finance and welfare; a hub which is truly student facing.
Commercial Outlets: All commercial outlets will experience significant Investment, and this will include our front of house restaurant, gym, sports hall, hair salon, beauty salon, media makeup learning spaces and training kitchens. We will be leaders in these areas.
Automotive Engineering and Construction: These prestigious curriculum areas will be reshaped and will double in size, enabling a move towards a more electrical Automotive Engineering environment, including cell technology, hybrid powerplants and power storage and the introduction of more trades and even larger workshops in Construction. We currently house immaculate workshops in both areas so can’t wait to see how this develops. Both areas have seen significant student growth and we will provide even better facilities to support them.
The Heart: This will be the centre of our college – a safe space, a fun space, an innovative space, and an area for innovation and inspiration. Our new buildings will look towards the heart but practically, this is an area to meet, socialise, engage in agile learning and an area where you can take a breath and refocus. Our heart will beat with activity.