City & Guild college engagement with employers award - Isle of Wight College Case Study

The Island has a number of successful Composite Engineering business, including GKN Aerospace and MHI Vestas. CECAMM worked in partnership with these employers to create a new Composites Training Centre.

Formal skills training in Composite Engineering on the Island did not exist. This is an innovative delivery model in that CECAMM has partnered directly with MHI Vestas and GKN Aerospace to develop and deliver training.

state-of-the-art facilities are used by students, apprentices and corporate employees for skills updates and skills inductions. The close links to local employers have created job destinations for full time students, with a number of students graduating from CECAMM to obtain both apprenticeships and full time employment in Composite Engineering.

All Isle of Wight College students will benefit from better links with local industries. Large employers such as GKN Aerospace and MHI Vestas (combined employment 1,500 local residents) do not only employ Engineers. Other areas of the college will benefit with potential destinations ranging from Information Technology to Business.

By working closely with industry, CECAMM has forged a symbiotic partnership, in which all parties have gained. CECAMM now feels like an extension of local industry, in addition to the Engineering Department of the Isle of Wight College.