Opening in Autumn 2017

A new vocational skills training centre in Whitehill & Bordon will be taking its first students in autumn 2017

The new building, which will be named the ‘Future Skills Centre’, will offer a variety of vocational training to post-16 students and adults – with an initial focus on construction skills.

Approved by Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 21 October 2015, the centre is part of the wider plans to regenerate Whitehill & Bordon with 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a thriving new town centre and new facilities.

It will be built at Louisburg Barracks, at the north of the town, which is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The training provided at the new centre will equip the local community with valuable skills to support and create construction jobs for local young people and adults.

Funding

The £4 million centre is largely funded through a grant from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which was sought by the HCA to ensure that Louisburg Barracks provides the much needed training and jobs as well as housing for the local community.

The scheme is now being taken forward by HCC which has also put £250,000 towards the scheme.

The redevelopment of Louisburg Barracks will also see a business and enterprise centre at Broxhead House, the former sergeants’ mess, providing office space and training rooms and creating more than 200 jobs.