The growth in the logistics industry in Thurrock, including the new DP World London Gateway port, has resulted in a brand new level three Extended Diploma in Business Logistics and Supply Chain being developed.
There will also be new courses in construction and engineering, an area which has seen a surge in popularity from applicants.
This is the fifth largest training provider partnership in the country, offering a range of apprenticeship programmes.
The college was inspected by Ofsted in 2008 and recognised as a good college with a number of outstanding features.
There are spacious art studios on-site and for those on performing arts courses the College maintains close links with the Royal Opera House Production Park in Purfleet.The group were blown away by the sheer size of the eagerly awaited development, and Frank Thompson, from Thurrock Careers who works with The Gateway Academy, said: “From the outside when you walk through Grays the building looks big, but when you are actually inside it and walking round and seeing the scale of everything…it’s massively bigger than you could imagine.” Meanwhile, Charlie Blackburn, also from Thurrock Careers, was also impressed with the new location of the campus, only 150 metres from Grays Station.He added: “I like the idea that it is centralised in Grays for commuting and I like the facilities it will be offering.” Touring both the three-storey East Building and four-storey West Building, the group saw areas that will eventually include health facilities, a learning resource centre, as well as large specialist workshops and studio spaces linked to courses for technology, media and creative arts, and facilities for art, design, logistics, engineering and IT courses.It became the South East Essex College of Arts and Technology in 1991.It merged with Thurrock and Basildon College in January 2010 to become South Essex College.