Move to fill skills gap with launch of univer­sity

Western Daily Press - - News -

UNIVER­SITY places could be on of­fer in Wilt­shire by 2028 af­ter a bid to launch a higher ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ment in the county was re­vealed.

The £300 mil­lion, mul­ti­cam­pus suite could be based in Cor­sham, Swin­don or Sal­is­bury and fo­cus on pro­vid­ing science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths sub­jects, to fill a gap in lo­cal pro­vi­sion.

Wilt­shire Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship is the only one in the whole coun­try that does not have a univer­sity in its area.

Speak­ing at the chil­dren’s se­lect com­mit­tee, Jackie Tucker, from Wilt­shire Coun­cil, said: “This is em­ployer-led, this is what busi­nesses in the area are look­ing for and they are re­port­ing a con­sid­er­able skills gap.”

The Univer­sity of Wes­sex has been con­firmed as the pro­posed name for the in­sti­tu­tion, which would of­fer ed­u­ca­tion on sites across the county.

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