Fareham College’s Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) today received delivery of over 10,000 bricks courtesy of Persimmon Homes. Persimmon is one of the UK’s most successful housebuilders, committed to the highest design, construction and service standards.
The donation, enough to construct a three-bedroom home, forms part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting the development of skilled local people, sharing best-practice and engaging in partnerships with leading technical further education providers. Working with Fareham College’s dedicated apprenticeship and traineeship team, Business Plus, Persimmon is looking to increase Apprentices in the workforce alongside supporting T Level students through industry placements, a crucial element of the new qualification. As a ‘Top 100 Employer’ of Apprentices in 2022, Persimmon has a proven track record of delivering high-quality training across traditional site skills, such as bricklaying and carpentry, and growth areas, including business administration and renewable technology.
On the day, Persimmon Homes Managing Director (South Coast) Ian Beal was present, along with Caroline Dinenage MP and Cllr Seàn Woodward, and Christian Allen-Kotze, Deputy Principal Curriculum, Quality and Innovation.
Andrew Kaye, Principal and Chief Executive of Fareham College, commented on the delivery, “We are very grateful for this donation from Persimmon and their commitment to ensuring students have the highest quality materials for practical lessons and assessments. We look forward to working closely alongside them to advance their provision for Apprentices and T Level students through Industry Placements.”
Ian Beal added, “Fareham College is an outstanding teaching college with brilliant facilities for students looking to embark on a career in construction. We’re thrilled to be working with the college to offer placements and apprenticeships, and we hope this donation of bricks will further enhance the high quality training that Fareham College already delivers for students.”
Cllr Seàn Woodward commented; “I was delighted to be present to receive the kind donation of bricks from Persimmon. Fareham Borough Council is proud to be able to support Fareham College’s CEMAST and CETC at Solent Airport at Daedalus, and I applaud the massive contribution they both make to further our work in transforming Daedalus into a centre of excellence for advanced engineering specialising in aviation, marine and aerospace. I wish all the students well in their future careers building much-needed local infrastructure and homes.”
Following the donation, the delegation received a tour of the facilities across the Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC) and Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training.
The two campuses, based in Lee-on-the-Solent, represent some of the recent investments made by Fareham College to provide an outstanding teaching and learning environment supporting students to excel. Further development is scheduled for CEMAST as part of the new Institute of Technology (IoT) in partnership with other leading further and higher educational institutions. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the extension will provide additional classrooms and workshop spaces, expanding the provision for students, staff and local organisations across the Solent.