The Energy Skills Centre at Harwich has just celebrated the successful achievements of another set of students on the Engineering for Industry programme. These are the 17th and 18th cohorts of students passing through Colchester Institute’s Harwich-based site.
The conclusion of the programme was celebrated with an end of programme presentation, attended by students and their families, representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as well as Colchester Institute staff.
Following changes in the local job market, the programme was developed with input from the DWP. A need to upskill jobseekers with basic robust engineering training was recognised. Not only was this to help jobseekers back into employment but to give them the opportunity to start a meaningful career.
Staff at the Energy Skills Centre have extensive knowledge and experience within the Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction industries enabling them to train, support and encourage learners. Specific focus is given to students in order to ensure a smooth transition back into permanent employment, including enhancing their communication and timekeeping skills.
Engineering for Industry student, Justin Smith praised the Energy Skills Centre, commenting: “It’s an excellent facility and a great teaching support network, opening doors to careers which would normally be out of reach to me.”
Qualifications on offer for Engineering for Industry include City & Guilds Level 1 MIG Welding Award, Level 2 EAL Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), CSC training and competencies in Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels and Gas Cutting. Those who are interested can visit www.colchester.ac.uk for more information.