College adds weight to enterprise area’s marketing clout

Artist's impression of Enterprise & Technical College

Artist’s impression of Enterprise & Technical College

A marketing team behind a new enterprise area in North Somerset, which aims to create 10,000 jobs by 2026 has been strengthened by the addition of a local college.

The Junction 21 Enterprise Area (J21EA), off the M5, offers 72 hectares of employment land which is ‘ready to go’ with planning permission and access.

The scheme is being led by North Somerset Council working closely with St Modwen, Persimmon Homes and Dowlas UK (Ltd) to pull together an enterprise area that offers office space, jobs and homes.

A major part of the scheme will be the development of a new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) college, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) , which is due to accept its first students in September 2014.

Weston College has been instrumental in helping to push forward the new NSETC and is looking forward to bringing the same momentum to J21EA.

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, principal and chief executive at Weston College, commets: “It’s no accident that the NSETC finds itself in the middle of J21EA.

“Employment and enterprise opportunities are a central element of the economic growth planned for Weston and the NSETC intends to be a major catalyst for the creation of a local, STEM-skilled workforce.

“These are exciting times for Weston-super-Mare and J21EA and we are delighted to have the opportunity to make a real contribution towards its success.”