Local college steps in to rescue training provider


A former engineering training provider is set to be revived, following East Coast College’s acquisition of Nexus Engineering.

Having been part of the Great Yarmouth Community Trust, the local training provider was forced to close as the Trust entered liquidation in November 2019, along with a number of other charitable trusts and educational facilities across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officially opening in 2012, the Nexus Engineering Centre at Gorleston’s Beacon Park was designed to prime the next generation of engineers, providing training for young people from local schools looking to enter the growing industry.

We have pledged to protect this essential service for local schools in its acquisition of the Nexus Engineering brand. The former training provider’s specialist engineering resources will be utilised at our Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft campuses. The college will provide outreach programmes and events for local schools, as well as using the resources to enhance its unrivalled STEM provision for our current students.

Stuart Rimmer, CEO of East Coast College, stated “Nexus provided opportunities for local young people in engineering and STEM activities, along with work with Ogden Trust. We felt it was important that someone stepped in and provided the leadership to secure this work. East Coast College is both the best and largest college for STEM subjects in the area and we think this will be a great addition to the ECC family.”

The addition of Nexus Engineering marks another significant development for East Coast College. We launched our £11.4m Energy Skills Centre in November last year, and recently announced the opening of our new Eastern Civil Engineering and Construction Campus at Lound.

Rachel Bunn, Assistant Principal of East Coast College, commented “East Coast College is the leader in local engineering provision and this latest addition to our portfolio will support the development of the future engineers in the region. The college will be refreshing its pre-16 STEM offer to ensure we can support young people to have access to inspiring learning activities and support to plan their career options.”