Move to fill skills gap with launch of university
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.