YEOVIL COLLEGE RECEIVES £1.2 MILLION TO SUPPORT T LEVEL DEVELOPMENT
Yeovil College has been awarded £1.2 million in the second wave of T Level funding, ensuring that the people of South Somerset and North and West Dorset have access to cutting-edge and industry-leading facilities and workspaces.
The allocated T Level funding will form phase two of an ambitious masterplan, which will see Yeovil College transformed. A total of £2.2 million, which includes the £1.2 million T Level funding, will see a whole building repurposed, refitted and developed to form the largest Health and Science Centre in the region.
In total, over 20 classrooms and offices will be overhauled to provide a ‘centre of excellence’ for Health and Science. The centre will boast four new ultra–modern laboratories, a fully functioning hospital ward, community health skills suite, dental nursing training laboratory, nursery and primary education and simulation spaces.
Mark Bolton, CEO & Principal of Yeovil College, said: “Our plans for the new Health and Science Centre are unrivalled and the developments will revolutionise the learning experience of all those involved. The investment and the overall masterplan are both ambitious and like no other within our great region. It will offer the next generation of students a centre of excellence with cutting-edge facilities in which they will build their knowledge and skills, providing technical education up to degree and degree apprentice levels.
This has been made possible as a result of the T Level funding, and means that the health, science and education professionals within our region will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to build successful careers, learning in environments that provide the very latest technology, facilities and equipment.”
From September 2021, Yeovil College will deliver a number of T Levels and T Level Transition programmes in Digital Production, Design and Development, Education, Childcare and Health and Science, and learners will be based within their ultra-modern centre.
In addition, Yeovil College are also nearing completion of phase one of their building masterplan, with more than £2.2 million already invested in transforming twenty spaces within their campus to deliver Engineering and Technology, Health, Computing and Digital, Sciences and Creative Industries.
Yeovil College is a partner in the trail blazing West of England Institute of Technology (IoT), one of only 12 in the country and the only Institute of Technology in South Somerset. Much needed technical education and training for the workforce in the sectors of Engineering and Technology, Health, Computing and Digital, Sciences and Creative Industries has been significantly enhanced with state-of-the-art equipment to provide learners and higher-level students with the knowledge and higher skills required to successfully progress their careers.
The new technical qualifications (T Levels), which are equivalent to three A Levels, combine classroom study with industry placements so students gain the skills and experience they need to progress into work, further study or an apprenticeship.
T Level courses have been co-created with over 250 employers, including Fujitsu and Amazon, so they generate the skilled workforce that businesses need for the future.