Newsletter January 2020


What's been happening at CECAMM

A Message from Richard White

As we enter a new decade and a new term, we have much to celebrate, as you’ll see below from the many exciting and varied experiences that our CECAMM learners took part in during the Autumn.

Engagement with local and south coast businesses remains very strong as we look to explore the current and future needs of industry. Ever-mindful of new technologies in engineering and advanced manufacturing, various Island and regional meetings are being held to establish what skills, knowledge and experiences will be most desirable in the future.

Importantly, we continue to receive a steady flow of enquiries around potential apprenticeships from Island companies, as well as building stronger relations with a number of Universities who offer engineering degrees. Consequently we continue to develop our offer and appeal to all. Our next big event is our Open Day on Saturday 1st February, 10am - 2pm.

This is a great opportunity to come in and meet the team. Don’t hesitate to bring the family, anyone you know who wants to see inside our state-of-the-art facility or may has an interest in exploring our extensive range of engineering in mechanical, marine; electronics; boat-building and composite training courses. We’d love to see new faces, current students and community members. All will be welcomed!

Student Celebrations — A National Champion

Former student Ryan Kimber won the Association of Colleges Adult Student of the Year Award in November, following achieving Pearson’s BTEC Engineering Student of the Year in July and received an Award from the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight in March.

Work Experience

We’re impressed by the students who have found their work experience and industry placements themselves.

Importantly, If you have not been out on placement yet, please research companies that interest you and let Martin or Arielle know as soon as possible, so we can help you. This is a such a valuable and worthwhile part of your course.

Exciting Opportunities

Students have had many exciting opportunities during the first Semester of 2019-20.

CECAMM students visit BAE Systems

Some of our Level 3 BTEC students were lucky enough to visit the BAE Systems, Cowes site and experience various demonstrations and careers advice from senior members of the team.

Transit of Venus

Engineering Lecturer Charlie viewed the Transit of Venus in November with a group of apprentices.

CECAMM students visit Royal Yacht Squadron Careers Fayre

Our Level 3 Craft Group attended the Royal Yacht Squadron Careers Fayre.

Other Events included

  • Our Level 2s visited the Southampton Boat Show
  • A tour to Wight Shipyard was enjoyed by our Level 1 students
  • During our Induction Week, Trevor Gordon gave a speech to all CECAMM student about Equality and Diversity, and Prevent
  • You said: “We would like more social activities”. We did: The CECAMM Football Team is up and running with the help from our Foundation students!
  • 20 our Level 2 & 3 BTEC students enjoyed a visit to BAE Systems in Portsmouth Dockyard for an Apprenticeship Fayre.

Dates for Your Diary

  • CECAMM Open Day - Saturday 1st February
  • Noel Turner Science Festival - Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February
  • Half Term Break - Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February