Bournemouth & Poole College Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing


Growth Deal funding up to £565,150

Dorset LEP and Bournemouth and Poole College have funded the new facilities at Poole for engineering and advanced manufacturing students, to help close Dorset’s high level skills gap in this key sector.

Refurbishment has recently been completed on enhancing the quality of the facilities at North Road.   The works will create a better teach environment, enhance the equipment on site and reduce the buildings carbon footprint and increase its energy efficiency.  The upgrades included:

  • cladding of external walls
  • replacements of windows (UPVC double glazed energy efficient units)
  • roof repairs
  • upgrading the college’s welding bay facility with the addition of 16 new welding bays
  • upgrading the college’s motor vehicle practical teaching area including tyre changing facilities 
  • upgrading the college’s motorcycle maintenance practical area
  • investment in the lathe and milling areas
  • AutoCAD classrooms and 3D printing facilities.

Gordon Page, (former) chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said, “We are delighted to have secured funding through the Dorset growth deal to invest in Bournemouth & Poole College’s facilities which will help address the increased demand from local employers for highly skilled engineering and advanced manufacturing personnel.  By helping to improve Dorset’s education and training, we will create a more highly skilled and educated workforce which in turn will boost productivity and employment in the region.”

Diane Grannell, Principal of Bournemouth & Poole College said, “These new facilities will significantly improve our students’ learning. The upgrade means that we can offer a more modern working environment, allowing students to be fully prepared when moving into work. We are very thankful to Dorset LEP for supporting this investment.”

Contact details

Bournemouth and Poole College
General enquiries: Tel: 01202 205205
Employers: Tel: 01202 205500

Dorset LEP
Katherine May, Programme Manager
01202 962720

  • Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership anticipates the funding at Bournemouth & Poole College’s advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities will lead to the:
  • creation of 30 direct jobs, 120 indirect and 20 construction jobs.
  • training 354 engineering apprentices and 227 full time students annually. 




 An end of project report has been produced for the project, you can download it here.

Bournemouth and Poole College also recevied funding for their Finance and Business Services project, for more information visit their webpage.


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