PICTURES: CECAMM Opens In Whippingham To Support ‘Surreally Good’ Isle Of Wight Engineering

The new CECAMM building at Whippingham

After months of building work, the Isle of Wight College’s new campus, dedicated to engineering and electronics, has opened in Whippingham.

The £11 million CECAMM building opened for its first lessons this week (Wednesday), and while students were learning how to use lathes in the workshop, the Countess of Wessex was unveiling a plaque near the cafe.

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Three years in the planning, design and creation, the architect-crafted building neighbours one of two GKN hubs on the Isle of Wight. It sits downriver from Vestas. You can just about spot BAE Systems from the car park. And we should not forget the easily-accessible smaller marine businesses up the road.

The Centre of Excellence Composites Advanced Manufacturing & Marine has been completed largely due to local enterprise money and investment from Island employers. “They’re investing in the Island, they’ve invested the college, but most of all they’ve invested in the young people”, says Isle of Wight College Assistant Director Peter Thompson.

David Evans, who manages the CECAMM facility said:

“This is [the students’] first week of practical learning. They’re going to get a taster of six different types of engineering and they can use this to determine what areas they like best and where they want to focus their career.

“We’re going to be doing full-cost courses. We want local business to push us to tell us what sort of training you need for your staff. We’re a non-profit organisation. This is a service to the Island.”

**scroll down for picture gallery, to see inside and outside the new building**

Peter Thompson told Isle of Wight Radio:

“I see this as a building-on from what we already have. The local enterprise partnership have invested in a facility that is acting as a catalyst for employers. The facilities; the equipment; it is nothing like we had in college before. It’s an opportunity to train on state-of-the-art equipment that will allow them to progress.

“The Island has a ferocious reputation internationally for high-quality engineering and advanced manufacturing. To sustain that ..it needs highly qualified, highly skilled young people to come through. The local employers have been involved in the design; planning; in the curriculum itself. The idea is that the curriculum matches what local employers need.

“The Island is a tourism island, but actually its engineering reputation is surreally good.”

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