Yeovil College students are set to benefit from state-of-the-art medical suites along with cutting edge engineering and science labs, in a multimillion-pound investment in university and college facilities. 

Yeovil College has successfully secured their share of almost £490 million investment, providing students with access to world-class facilities and enabling them to offer more high-quality training opportunities that will accelerate them on a path to a great career.  


Today the College has been awarded an additional £1.2m to invest in facilities and equipment for the teaching of hydrogen cell technology in aerospace engineering, to ensure students can learn and retrain at the forefront of developments in cell technology and net-zero.  


Mark Bolton, CEO & Principal of Yeovil College, said:  


“Our whole proposition and vision for the future is based around developing high-level, digital skills for the benefit of our employer partners. Development of high-quality Cell Technology facilities will allow our Yeovil College University Centre students to learn in aspirational environments where they develop both the theoretical and practical skills required to become pioneers in the Green Industrial Revolution and help to propel Aerospace Engineering into a carbon-neutral future.”   


One hundred colleges and universities have today (8 December) been awarded a share of £432 million to invest over the next three years in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and help level up more opportunities for people to gain the skills they need to progress.  


The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said:  

“Investing in education and skills will unlock future growth, boost productivity and help build the skilled workforce of the future.  

“That’s why we’re spending £490 million to support high-quality teaching and world class facilities in universities and colleges right across the country.  

“Whether it’s in aerospace engineering or green tech, this funding will provide young people with the support they need to build a great career.”  


Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said:  

“This investment is about making sure students get the highest quality training in key subjects which are driving economic growth. That means access to top-of-the-range facilities which prepare people for the workplace, filling skills gaps and levelling up the whole country.  

“From Yeovil to Durham, we are backing the industries of the future and giving people the skills they need to succeed.  

“Students will have access to high-quality training environments in vital subjects including engineering, medicine and science that will help get more people into jobs with higher wages, plug local skills gaps and support economic growth.”  


Adam Clarke, MD of Leonardo Helicopters UK, commented:  

“We would like to congratulate Yeovil College in successfully securing £1.2m investment for hydrogen cell technology in aerospace engineering. Leonardo and Yeovil College have been working in partnership for nearly 60 years to improve educational opportunities for young people. Having access to highly skilled and innovative people is a crucial factor in the success of a business like Leonardo, so by giving students the opportunity to work with the latest technologies, Yeovil College is maximising its potential for exciting future careers in high-tech engineering. What’s more, the skills and capabilities being developed will ensure that the South West remains at the heart of next generation aerospace technology.” 

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