I am delighted to share with you that the CECAMM community has worked incredibly well together in such a challenging time. The resilience shown by students throughout lockdown and their engagement in our virtual college has been nothing less than incredible.
The high levels of participation in lessons really does reflect the determination, commitment and enthusiasm of our student body to progress themselves toward their future goals. Much credit goes to the strong working-relationships between our staff and each of the young people on the various courses at CECAMM. The instruction, guidance, mentoring and coaching has been of the highest level. As courses reach completion and grading processes are worked through, we begin to look towards the summer and the next academic year.
We are really looking forward to welcoming our new learners and intend to ensure that they are given every opportunity to forge strong links with their tutors as previous years have done. We particularly want them to enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities as soon as we can to get them involved in practical work. Regular updates will be issued to each individual over the next few months.
For those returning onto next-level courses, we know that the work that has been done during lockdown has put you in the very best position for demands you face in the autumn. We are so looking forward to reconnecting, in person and help move you closer to your personal goals for your future.
Due to the pandemic, opportunities of employment are few and far between and so we have been exploring meaningful programmes of study which will enable those awaiting an apprenticeship or other work, a chance to upskill in a particular practical discipline or attend a short course to broaden their current knowledge and understanding. Further information will be available over the summer, so watch this space.
Personally, I miss the buzz of being at the CECAMM site and really look forward to catching up with you all.
In the meantime, this newsletter will give you a flavour of recent activities and events.
It is important that all students take time out and balance their studies with getting fresh air and exercise and eating and sleeping well - See the IWCollege.ac.uk website for more ideas on how to look after yourself.
Please remember to follow the current Government guidelines and practise social distancing.
The majority of our current Level 1 and Level 2 students have been interviewed to progress to the next level of engineering study at CECAMM and we’re really pleased that you are continuing your studies with us.
If you have not applied and are unsure what to do, it is not too late! Please discuss with your tutor or Daisy and we can offer advice and book in a careers appointment for you to discuss your options.
We are also interviewing new students and numbers of applicants are roughly the same as this time last year. We look forward to welcoming these students in September. If you are joining us in September and have any questions about CECAMM please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective students can take part in our Virtual Open Day, taking place on 23 June to learn more about studying at CECAMM.
Applications are still being taken and anyone interested can apply on the website with interviews taking place by telephone.
We have put together a list of resources and activities to keep you busy during lockdown and beyond. New students will receive this and it will go towards their induction so please make sure you complete it.
Trying these activities will mean that you instantly have something to talk to the other students about during the induction week activities, and a chance to impress your new lecturers on engineering terms that you have learnt over the summer.
We recommend that current students have a look too, as there are some fun videos and activities to do.
Donna Green and Keri Hughes giving a presentation for the ‘I Am Remarkable’ session to CECAMM students during Business Week
Richard White welcomed a visit from the Navy to discuss the Solent Maritime Enterprise Zone (MEZ) in January
Our Level 3 students went to the Noel Turner Science Festival and represented CECAMM
MedTec Design Services exhibited at our November Open Day
Parlex exhibited at our November Open Day
Our apprentices have also had to adapt to a different working life. Many have been furloughed or had their working patterns changed to accommodate the current situation and are awaiting phased return back to work.
Three apprentices have achieved their framework in this period, with several students going above and beyond during this situation, such as volunteering to help their local community and the NHS.
New apprenticeship standards have been introduced to replace the current apprenticeship frame- works and these are the standards that will be available at CECAMM:
Recruitment is difficult at the moment, so to support this, we are looking at a bigger cohort in January.
For CECAMM-specific apprenticeship enquiries, please contact us on email@example.com and your enquiry will be dealt with by Martin Ince, our Work Based Learning Manager, or one of our Assessors Kevin Foster, David Spillman or Duncan Thomson.
Our Apprenticeships Team can help with general enquiries and any issues companies are facing due to the current situation.
You can download a application form and guidance for the new discretionary business grant fund here.