Newsletter October 2020

CECAMM Blog

What's been happening at CECAMM


The start of this new academic year has been quite different to previous ones. With our cap on numbers due to Covid, we have introduced hybrid learning for some of our bigger courses, with classes split in two with half working in CECAMM and half at home, alternating each week. Our students and apprentices have adapted well to this new format of delivery.

Student Success

Full-Time Students

We had fantastic success rates last year in all full-time and apprenticeship programmes, with 100% of students passing at Level 1 and Level 3 Advanced Craft. 97% success rate at Level 2 Mechanical and Electrical; all students progressed to Year 2 on the Level 2 Marine course.

For our BTEC courses, we have had good progression to Year 2, and our students who have completed their courses are progressing to university, the armed forces, apprenticeships or full-time employment. We also had 100% pass rates for our HN courses.

Apprentices

Despite the current economic climate and ongoing uncertainty with employment, we are seeing continued success for our apprentices who have achieved their qualifications.

Well done to Oliver Crouch who completed his Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies and now has full-time employment manufacturing aeroplane parts at Airframe Assemblies, see him in action making a frame for a Spitfire during his apprenticeship here.

Half Term

Have you ever wondered what staff get up to during Half Term? Well most of our teaching staff take a well deserved break, but we still keep the building open for operational staff. One of those in this week was Jon Baker, our Electronics Technician who has made a harmonograph and brought it in to demonstrate. This device uses two pendulums to create geometric images and those of us who were in were able to have a go for ourselves!

Face Coverings

From Monday 26th October, students, staff and visitors to CECAMM must wear a face covering in communal areas, e.g. corridors, the refectory and toilets.

Please remember to follow the current Government guidelines and practise social distancing.

T-Levels

The future of engineering teaching will be through T-Levels which will be available at CECAMM from 2022. These are a technical 2 year course preparing students for the world of work or further training and linking to the needs of industry.

Keeping Well

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.

Work Based Learning

New apprenticeship standards have been introduced to replace the current frameworks. These are the standards CECAMM will offer:

  • Level 3 Marine Engineering
  • Level 3 Boat building
  • Level 2 Engineering Operative
  • Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative
  • Level 3 Engineering Technician (several pathways to choose from)
  • Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician
  • Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician
  • Level 3 Metal Fabricator
  • Level 3 Engineering Fitter (Mechanical or Electronic pathway)
  • Level 3 Plate Welder
  • Level 3 Composites Technician
  • Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative

Local Businesses—we need you!

We are looking to set up a steering group for local employers who would like to participate to help us develop our curriculum, apprenticeship and work experience programmes here at CECAMM and ultimately develop our students into the future workforce of the Island.

We plan to meet three times per year with the first one set to take place in mid-January. If any local businesses are interested in taking part, please contact Business Support Officer Arielle Elton-Walters.

We are here to help employers so if anyone has any training needs they would like to discuss, please contact us and we can arrange a visit.

Traineeships

We are involved in a new initiative to delivery traineeships in Engineering. This is an opportunity to give young people the chance to experience work through work experience while developing their employa- bility skills at CECAMM with the desired outcome of progressing to an apprenticeship. Any employers interested in supporting this initiative please contact Arielle Elton-Walters.

Work Experience

Where possible, we are trying to get students to complete a work experience placement, but appreciate the added difficulties at this time. This is a crucial and valuable part of our learners’ time at CECAMM, so students please discuss with your tutor if you need more information.

Companies: if you are able to support a placement please contact us to discuss.

MHI Vestas Core Skills Training

MHI Vestas continue to use CECAMM as their training centre for new recruits for their Core Skills courses.

Finlay Hayles, one of our full-time students on Level 3 Advanced Craft, has been given the opportunity to complete his work experience at MHI Vestas and took part in the Core Skills training over Half Term.

F1 in Schools

We are excited to announce that we are going to be the hub for the Is- land for the F1 in Schools project. This continues our support of the pri- mary schools STEM project previously sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover and we will now host the project for primary and secondary schools.

If any of students would like to help as student representatives, or if anyone (employers or students) would like to be a judge, please let Arielle or Martin know.

STEM Ambassadors

Our students (full-time or Apprentice) have the opportunity to become a STEM Ambassador to represent CECAMM at events and spread the word about engineering and the opportunity it offers. Please contact Jon Baker if you are interested in becoming an ambassador.

Contact Us

For CECAMM-specific apprenticeship enquiries, please contact us on cecamm@iwcollege.ac.uk 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.

Dates for Your Diary

  • CECAMM Open Day - Saturday 7th November

    This will be held by telephone this year, so if you know anyone interested in finding out more about our courses at CECAMM, please ask them to book an appointment.

  • Staff Development Day - Tuesday 8th December

    Students and Apprentices will not be taught on this day remotely or at CECAMM.

  • Christmas Break Friday 18th December

    End of Autumn Term and start of Christmas break (CECAMM will have a 2 week shut down over this time).

  • Spring Term 2021 Monday 4th January

    Start of Spring Term 2021 for CECAMM learners.