West Herts College Dacorum Campus

What?
The new West Herts College campus building in Hemel Hempstead is now open, offering modern and flexible work spaces featuring the latest equipment.

 

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP invested in the new Dacorum Campus as part of its commitment to helping young people into employment and training; increasing the number of apprenticeships and traineeships; delivering higher level skills to meet skill gaps including engineering, technology and construction; and developing the skills of young people to meet the needs of employers in the modern jobs market.


West Herts College Principal Gill Worgan at the Dacorum Campus launch

Impact
Phase 1 of the investment has delivered a 90,000 sq. ft. campus building to house a variety of training and skills programmes to meet local employers’ needs, where local businesses are able to network and meet new recruits.
Over five years it is expected to deliver 8 jobs, 352 apprenticeships, 320 additional Level 3 qualifications or apprenticeships, 450 additional Level 2 qualifications or apprenticeships, and 150 additional learners undertaking employability courses.

The number of new students enrolled to date continues to grow in line with the target set for its first year of operation. Several successful employer events have also been hosted at the campus, garnering positive feedback from employers, students, staff and the local community.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP invested £5m of its Growth Deal into phase 1 of development which has been completed, and West Herts College invested £10m. The total cost of phase 1 was £15m. 

An additional £5.1m has been awarded to phase 2 of development which involves the creation of a flagship campus (approximately 3200 sq. m.) at a total cost of £14m. This campus will act as a sub-regional centre of excellence for local businesses and people, delivering a broad based Engineering related curriculum to underpin new and emerging growth sectors.