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Skills Capital Investment

Skills Capital Local Growth Funds projects to date, include:

Project Title & Allocation

Summary of Project

Newbury College Solutions Lab


216 meter square of new learning space to enable the college’s engineering apprenticeships to research, design and develop components for their employers

The Lab is comprised of two zones. The first contains electronic and electrical equipment, including CNC milling and turning machines, 3D printers and scanners and a 3D laser etching machine, to help design and develop innovative industry-approved engineering projects. The second zone is a fully functioning Computer Aided Design (CAD) area fitted out with design and drawing software packages such as AutoCAD and Inventor, and CNC software to connect to the machines in the other room.

Organisations alre

ady making use of the new facility include Blatchford, Progressive Technology, Williams F1 and Xtrac

Reading College Engineering Solutions Lab


277m2 of refurbished state-of-the-art engineering learning facilities created to promote engineering skills development and engagement with local employers.

Reading College IT Solutions Lab


Refurbishment of 400m² Lab offering high quality facilities to help students develop networking, data security, software engineering and other technical skills.

BCA Sustainable Energy Solutions Lab


Refurbishment of existing Engineering Workshop to provide 300m² space for a new Sustainable Energy Centre.

University of Reading Health Reach


Mobile interactive unit to support health and life-science careers.

SATRO Mobile Classroom


The project will purchase a van, tools and materials to operate as a mobile classroom which will work in schools teaching BTEC Level 1 in Construction to 14-16 year olds. 

Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College


The project will create new training facilities for the health care sector, including new training areas which simulate hospital environments and emergency care scenarios.  This will increase capacity for training for health and care occupations and encourage more people to choose a career in health and care.



Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge


The project will fit out empty office space in Reading town centre in to a new state of the art training space for the digital sector.  The space will be used by a wide range of different organisations to deliver training and to provide information, advice and guidance.  

Langley College – The Slough Community College for HE


Development of a dedicated Higher Education Centre at Langley College, which would increase HE provision for a number of sector subject areas including digital technology, engineering and science and construction 

University College - Newbury


Refurbish an existing area of the college to create a segregated HE centre. The Centre will focus strongly on meeting the key priority of digital skills utilising advanced digital technologies. Phase 2 will be to create a new purpose-built University Centre, utilising the equipment from phase 1.


BCA Health and Social Care


Development of a dedicated Health and Social Care Building to support to support learners studying Health and Social Care, with a focus on Dementia care and young learners with special educational needs who require the same physical adaptations to the environment. The project will refurbish a 1960s two storey block to construct a new 400 sqm facility to incorporate flexible teaching and lecturing space, consulting rooms and tutorial space.


Smile Hospitality


Renovated training facility in New Directions’ Whitley offices for barista and catering training and accreditation. Academy will provide high quality skills and employment support provision and work experience to unemployed adults to improve their chances of securing employment within the Hospitality sector.


Applied Science Centre at Reading College


Renovation of a dated laboratory to encourage increased uptake in new and existing science courses. The new lab would provide specialist facilities, i.e. wet / dry / clean areas, fume cupboards for cell culturing, etc. Also looking to create an exhibition area for school age children, building on the successful Baylab by partner Bayer.


WBTC Digital Connection


To upgrade software and digital infrastructure to deliver high quality digital learning opportunities as an integrated part of the delivery of Apprenticeships. This will allow better mentoring to students who can also benefit from real time learning, helping to address the challenge that many employers have with the off the job training time commitment by facilitating remote delivery at employers’ premises.