EKC Group’s new engineering center in Hersden, Canterbury, is due to open in September

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Construction work is well underway at a brand new engineering and training center outside Canterbury.

The site is due to open to local students in September in a bid to fill an “obvious skills gap” in the civil engineering sector.

CGI showing how the building should look when completed. Photo: Quinn Estates

It will include a building containing an office, training center and other facilities, while the outer courtyard will be set up as a series of stations where students can develop skills in areas such as drainage and masonry.

The center – which is being built by developer Quinn Estates – is due to be completed in September, with the first students starting to use the facility that month.

It should accommodate more than 300 students, following courses ranging from construction certificate to complete apprenticeship in civil engineering.

The center is being built for the EKC Group – which includes institutions such as Canterbury College, Ashford College and Dover College – to help train the next generation of construction professionals.

It is part of the Hoplands Park development, with 250 new two, three and four bed homes being built by Redrow Homes.

Work is underway at the Hersden site, between Herne Bay and Canterbury.  Photo: Quinn Estates
Work is underway at the Hersden site, between Herne Bay and Canterbury. Photo: Quinn Estates

Quinn Estates Chairman Mark Quinn said, “We are passionate about contributing positively to the communities in which we build.

“The planning committee voted unanimously in favor of this program a few years ago and we are delighted to now be on site and delivering a project that will train young people for careers in the exciting construction industry. .”

Kurt Salter, Managing Director of EKC WorkHigher, part of the EKC Group, added: “It’s amazing to see this center come to fruition.

“There is a clear skills gap in the civil engineering sector in this area, and our vision is for the center to fully fill this gap, ensuring that employers have the right skills to develop and thrive at. the future.

“We aim to be the training center of choice for local employers who need their staff to gain formal qualifications, such as our apprenticeships, as well as the small certificates they require.

The Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Pat Todd (second left) with Mark Quinn (centre) and Cllr Georgina Glover (second right) during a site visit.  Photo: Quinn Estates
The Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Pat Todd (second left) with Mark Quinn (centre) and Cllr Georgina Glover (second right) during a site visit. Photo: Quinn Estates

“We’re really excited about the progress and can’t wait to get in here to start training the next generation of talented construction professionals.”

On Friday, the site hosted the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Pat Todd, as well as Councilor Georgina Glover.

Cllr Glover (Con), who represents the Sturry ward, said: “Prior to planning, Quinn Estates was very active in speaking to the local community and understanding the issues in the area.

“To now be in a position where a hugely important and beneficial training center is being built is truly exciting and provides the young people of the district with such a great opportunity.”

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