New civil engineering and construction training facility

Bridgwater College has announced that it is to build a new £1.5 million civil engineering and construction training facility in Cannington, which will enable it to deliver a wider range of training opportunities in civil engineering and construction disciplines.

New civil engineering and construction training facility

The facility will comprise a single storey, three-classroom teaching block, together with an adjacent vehicle storage, maintenance and training area stretching across eight acres of College land at Cannington. The scale of the project will ensure that both theoretical and practical training for local people can be offered, using industry standard vehicles and equipment, including groundwork, concrete pouring, construction plant and lifting operations.

Funding for the project has been provided by EDF Energy, as part of its plan to ensure that local people are equipped with the skills needed to deliver the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project by 2020.

College Vice Principal, Andy Berry explained,

“This new facility will be ideally located close to the proposed Hinkley C new build, and will mean that trainees can learn to operate complex machinery safely in a realistic working environment, using industry standard equipment.

“The skills required for a nuclear build are quite specialist and even the most experienced contractors will need to learn new techniques and adapt to different ways of working. But equally this will present training and employment opportunities for local people, including those who are keen to re-train or up-skill. We are looking forward to opening the centre later in the year.”

The build is expected to take six months and the College is working on the project with Bath-based architect DKA and international construction services company, ISG.

If you would like to learn more about the training opportunities on offer at the College, please call 01278 655111 or email