Bath College has met with local employers, contractors and a professional institute in the Highways sector to develop flexible training courses.
Representatives from Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Institute of Highway Engineers and Aggregate Industries met with College staff to discuss ways in which prospective students can be attracted to the sector and how best to develop the careers of those working in the sector.
Bath College is one of only a few F.E. colleges nationally which has been successful in securing financial backing from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to develop Higher Education Courses.
The FAR project, (Flexible & Accelerated Routes) centres on Computing and Civil Engineering HNC/D courses. Working with employers it will enable students to achieve in a shorter period of time as well as helping address local, regional and national skills shortages as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Rosaleen Courtney, Contracts and Distance Learning Manager at Bath College says that “There is a skills shortage in the Highways sector and it is important that we develop routes for people to enter the sector and continue to develop their skills.”
“The Highways distance learning courses offered by Bath College are available online and will be updated in line with market needs, which is why it is so important to work cohesively with employers, contractors and the Institute.”