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PROCAT is a further education college based in Basildon, Essex, England, with an additional campus in Canvey Island. PROCAT is an acronym of "Prospect College of Advanced Technology", and the college specialises in engineering and construction training.


PROCAT was started in 1969 by the Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) as SENTRA to train engineering apprentices.[1] They were originally located at 83 Vanguard Way, Shoeburyness before opening a further site at Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea.[2]

During the 1990s SENTRA started using the trading name Prospects Training and moved into further training areas including Construction.[3]

During the 00s Prospects purchased the Pegasus Training Centre in Basildon, and changed the company name to Prospects Learning Foundation, trading as Prospects College. They then initially took over as trustees of Thorpe Bay School in Southend in 2006,[4][5] moving its Southend centre to this location in 2010 and rebranding it Futures Community College.[6] In 2007 they moved into new premises in Crompton Close, Basildon.[7]

In 2012 a new £10m centre in Basildon was opened next door to the existing Basildon centre.[8] This was followed by a further centre on Canvey Island in 2013.[9]

In 2015 Prospects College become the first new incorporated FE college in 20 years[10] and was rebranded PROCAT. In January 2016 it was announced that the Southend Centre would close for the expansion of Futures College.[11]

In March 2017 it was announced that PROCAT had won the contract to manage the Transport for London Tunnelling & Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) which had originally been setup by the Crossrail project.[12]

In May 2018 PROCAT was told by the FE commissioner that they were unlikely to be able to deal with their financial difficulties alone and were told to merge by the end of 2018.[13] In June 2018, David Sherlock, chairman of PROCAT announced that they had agreed to merge with South Essex College but stay an independent brand within the group specializing in technical, engineering and construction training.[14] The new Stephenson Road campus of South Essex College was opened under the PROCAT brand.[15]


  1. ^ "Training Standards Council - Inspectors Report November 1999" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ "PROSPECTS LEARNING FOUNDATION LIMITED - Companies in the UK". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Training Standards Council - Inspectors Report November 1999" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. ^ "New head is named for Futires College - Evening Echo p.15 November 206". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Trust schools projects revealed - p.7 Sept 2006". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Iconic Futures College has wow factor - Evening Echo 12 Oct 2010". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Apprentices to fit out new Prospects College building in Basildon - Evening Echo p.8 Feb 2012". Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Prospects Learning Foundation opens new £10m training centre for young apprentices in Basildon - FE Community p.10 Dec 2012". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  9. ^ "£6.3 million Canvey College open for business - Evening Echo p.8 Mar 2013". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Minister to visit centre proposed as new FE college - FE Week p.8 Jan 2016". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ "PROCAT to vacate Southend campus for more secondary school places - Evening Echo p.14 Jan 2016". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Tunnelling academy's future secured - The Construction Index p.14 March 2017". Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  13. ^ "FE college incorporated just four years ago told to merge - FE Week p.25/5/18". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Optimistic Prospects in college merger - Thurrock & South Essex Independent p.14 June 2018".
  15. ^ "Open Event at Stephenson Road Campus (2018-2019) - PROCAT". Retrieved 9 November 2018.

External links[edit]

PROCAT Website -

Coordinates: 51°34′51″N 0°26′55″E / 51.5809°N 0.4487°E / 51.5809; 0.4487