Employers sample visionary new Training Centre at the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories

14th January 2015

Engineering employers, local politicians and business leaders from across the region will be visiting the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories on Friday 23rd January for a detailed briefing on the innovative new engineering training centre that will open at the site in 2016.

The event, hosted between South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) and the GFIRST Local Enterprise Partnership, will present the vision for the new Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear (GREEN) project.

GREEN was awarded £5m from the Government's Growth Fund last summer as the first phase of an anticipated £40m development for the Gloucestershire region. This funding which is being matched by investment from the College, to develop 14 acres of the now un-licensed Berkeley Centre and turn it into a state-of-the-art campus which will focus on Engineering and Technology with an emphasis on low-carbon energy generation.

The Employer Event will focus on how this funding will transform Berkeley Centre and herald a new phase in the life of the site. The SGS Berkeley GREEN Campus will deliver on the pledge made when Filton College merged with Stroud College in 2012, creating SGS, to develop engineering training provision in the Cam/Dursley area. The £10m investment has been possible because of the tremendous support the College has received from the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, Stroud District Council and the Local MP, Neil Carmichael - who has fought hard to ensure this project was promoted in Westminster.

SGS Berkeley GREEN will open in September 2016 after the refurbishment of existing buildings on the site into a purpose built training centre. It will host SGS College's existing Engineering and Construction provision currently on the Stroud Campus, Stratford Road site. The Berkeley Campus will be developed over the next five years into a campus which will incorporate education, training, business start-up and research facilities in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire and will focus on the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the County.

The Employer Event commences at 8.30am at the Berkeley GREEN site and will include tours, presentations and question and answer sessions.

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