Leicester College

“The Motor Vehicle Engineering Centre is an excellent example of how the council is working with partners across the city to increase apprenticeship programmes and to provide young people with the skills they need for future success.

“I am delighted that the city council, through the LLEP, has been part of this project and that we continue to support the development of the Skills Village”

– Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor

Project Summary

The Skills Park project has enabled Leicester College to upgrade and invest in its specialist vocational provision for motor vehicle engineering and construction.

Located at two of Leicester College’s campuses, the first element of the project was a brand new, purpose-built facility to expand motor vehicle engineering at Abbey Park Campus. This new accommodation houses state-of-the-art facilities. The building was completed and has been in operation since September 2015.

The second element was the refurbishment of the construction facilities at Freemen’s Park Campus. These have been refurbished to a very high standard to create a modern environment with excellent facilities for all aspects of construction. Work on the construction facility – which accommodates woods trades and building services engineering – was completed in October 2016 and majority of equipment installation completed in December 2016.


Project Stats

Project sponsors Leicester College
LLEP investment £3.27  million
Project status Complete
Start date April 2015
End date December 2016


Projects Outcomes

The new learning environments with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment will enable the college to increase its student numbers and improve success rates, addressing skills shortages in areas of high economic need.


Motor Vehicle Engineering

105 additional students in 2016/16, increasing a further 20% annually for three years
More apprenticeships, and progression to level 4 and level 5 accredited skills
CNC replacement will offer the chance to learn the latest techniques to 180 manufacturing students at levels 2-5


Building Services Engineering

63 new students
189 apprentices studying in BSE (plumbing, electrical, refrigeration)
4 new trainer posts
New training/learning floorspace: 698m²
Refurbished training/learning facilities: 1,224m²


Additional Outcomes

An increase in the success rate to 4% above the national benchmark in engineering by 2017/18
145 learners retained on learner responsive programmes
An increase in student numbers by 105 by year three (in engineering)
To allow for the development of higher education provision in automotive engineering and construction/building engineering services, and increase HE learner numbers by 15 by year 3 (engineering only)
To increase progression into employment via development of employability skills (engineering and construction)
Increasing multi-skilled operatives in building services engineering (construction only)
Up-skilling programme will commence on completion of refurbishment. Envisaged February 2017.
To increase HE/higher apprenticeships learner numbers by 15 by year 3 (construction only)



Useful Links

Opening event news story from Leicester College website

Opening of construction technology centre – Leicester College website