It is one of three projects in the county being funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
A spokesman for the LEP said of the college scheme: “Weymouth College will build and launch ‘The Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology’.
“This is a transformational project aimed at future-proofing Weymouth College’s advanced Motor Vehicle workshop space and develop hybrid and fully-electric vehicle facilities.”
The funds are being provided through the government’s Local Growth Fund which has aimed to bring together local, national and private sector funding to unlock key housing and employment sites, create more highly skilled jobs, and support economic growth.
Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director, said: “I am excited to announce these three new projects which will increase our productivity and create future opportunities for Dorset businesses.”Up to £1 million will be allocated to fund the ‘5G Digital Testbed’ project. The venture aims to implement a world first in 5G mobile deployment in a ‘real world’ environment. The economic benefit of developing and actioning a 5G/Smart Place programme across Dorset is significant. Investors have forecast that between £50-100 million of technology investment could be deployed across Dorset in the next three years.