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The Hive enterprise centre officially opens!

Eastleigh College’s Winchester Campus is pleased to open The Hive, a new enterprise centre located next to the College House residential facility for learners with moderate learning difficulties. The centre was funded by the Education Funding Agency in partnership with Hampshire County Council.

The Hive is a multi-functional space offering a curriculum for learners studying the Developing Enterprise programme. The facility, designed and built by Homelodge, offers a professional kitchen, a joinery workshop, and a business suite, as well as an external area to deliver horticultural activities.

The Developing Enterprise course covers areas such as catering, craft skills, business and enterprise skills and horticulture, and is designed to give learners a flavour of working on an enterprise activity while maintaining the development of English, Maths and IT. The course aims to help build confidence and team working skills, in addition to offering experience of managing a budget. The Hive offers great facilities for these students and will enable them to get involved in some great enterprise projects as part of their course.

Tracey McAdam, Manager at College House and The Hive, said “This is a fantastic building that offers students with learning difficulties and disabilities the opportunity to gain work based qualifications and to develop the skills that employers are looking for.”

“The team that work at the Hive are very excited about our first catering enterprise, which is producing soup and rolls for a local school. The students have been fully involved in all stages of the enterprise from concept to delivery and are also developing a range of craft products to sell for Christmas”.

Local authorities were recently invited to celebrate the launch of the Hive, taking a tour of the facility and sampling delicious canapes created by the students. Lucy Holliday, FEN at Southampton City Council, said “I think it’s an excellent facility. I’m impressed with the professional kitchen and the Christmas cards on display that the learners have made – they’re very creative. I will be talking to other members of the Council about the provision here”.

Commenting on the design of the Hive, Jan Edrich, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College commented, “The concept was to give students all the components for entrepreneurial work so they could not only create things, but also experience other avenues such as marketing and sales. Thank you to Homelodge and the project team who helped put together such a fabulous facility, I am delighted to see it come to fruition.”

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