Bournemouth & Poole College event launches Dorset’s Green Skills Hub


Bournemouth & Poole College has officially launched the Dorset Green Skills Hub, a joint initiative with Weymouth College and Skills & Learning Adult Community Education to drive sustainability across Dorset.

More than £800,000 in government funding has been awarded to Bournemouth & Poole College to deliver free marine and automotive short training courses using cutting -edge equipment. The courses will introduce technicians to electric vehicle and boat engine technologies, to ensure that these thriving sectors have the skills to facilitate the growth locally in sustainable, climate-friendly green technologies.

Skills & Learning Adult Community Education will create introductory routes to prime adults to join the green-skilled workforce needed in the future, while the benefit spreads across Dorset with Weymouth College launching a separate project strand.

Phil Sayles, principal at Bournemouth and Poole College, says: “We are delighted to launch the Dorset Green Skills Hub, as it is set to deliver one of the key recommendations of the Green Jobs Taskforce, which is ‘no worker should be left behind by the training system.’

“These are essential skills for the rest of this decade and beyond. The project will allow companies’ engineers and technicians to engage and experiment with these new technologies and help them prepare for the future. These technologies will drive environmental benefits and the economy, and we need to ensure that local people have the skills to use them, and will reap the rewards from this work.”

“We see this project as the first of many, and the partners will use the Green Skills Hub concept to build our capabilities in the county over the next few years in a wider range of green skills. More people will be able to train for green technology roles, and we will see these technologies being added to a huge range of existing training programmes.”

The first series of free one- or two-day courses will run until March 31 2023, and individuals following the automotive course route can achieve a Level 3 Award in electric and hybrid vehicle system repair and replacement. On completion, students will receive a license to work on electric cars. Marine engineers and electricians undertaking the College’s British Marine-validated marine course in its renowned Marine Engineering Centre will gain a license to work on electric boat engines.

As part of the government-funded Dorset Green Skills Hub initiative, funded from the government’s Strategic Development Fund, a further £800,000 has been awarded to Weymouth College to deliver green upskilling training courses in construction and £50,000 has been awarded to Skills & Learning Adult Community Education for Sustainability awareness raising.