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The Solent LEP utilised £8m from the Solent Growing Places Fund to lever an infrastructure package valued at over £15m, with additional investment secured from Hampshire County Council and the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to bring about this major regeneration of an ex-military airfield covering 200 hectares into productive use.

An advanced engineering college, the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training (CEMAST) was opened by Fareham College in September 2014 supported by loan funding from Solent LEP and Hampshire County Council grant. It provides over 1000 employer-orientated training places for students in aviation, marine, vehicle and electronic engineering. The College, rated OFSTED ‘outstanding’ was 2018 FE College of the Year Partnerships with organisations to meet skills gap.

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Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training (CEMAST) opened a new training centre for civil engineering and ground working skills, CETC. This was supported by a £2.8m Local Growth Deal grant and has been created alongside a consortium of local civil engineering employers to ensure strong links with the private sector.

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