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Welcome to CI’s Colchester Campus

The Colchester Campus is the largest of the Colchester Institute sites and is just a short walk from the town centre.

There are few colleges that offer students fine dining, the chance to have their hair done and nails pampered, browse the on-site art gallery and attend some fantastic music concerts, all on one campus – students at the Colchester Campus can enjoy all of this and more.

The campus enjoyed a multi-million pound development completed in 2009 hosting Music and Performing Arts, Engineering, and Construction. It houses state-of-the-art facilities including workshops, dance studios and specialist suites. In September 2012 our new Higher Education Centre, a dedicated space for degree level students was opened. In September 2016 our brand new £10m South Wing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre was launched and has recently taken delivery of new facilities aligned to the traditional crafts of plumbing, electrical installations, carpentry and brickwork, alongside planning, design and engineering.

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Welcome to The College at Braintree

The College at Braintree, Church Lane, is part of Colchester Institute. Set in attractive grounds, it’s just a short walk away from Braintree town and George Yard Shopping Centre and the bus and train station. The campus offers a friendly learning environment with a range of specialist facilities.

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The new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Centre has a key focus on working in partnership with local employers, with the aim of tackling growing skills shortages and enhancing apprenticeship delivery in Essex’s priority industry sectors. The centre will deliver engineering and manufacturing programmes in the Braintree District for the first time, providing a range of benefits to support local economic growth. With an estimated 44,000 new recruits likely to be required in construction-related roles across Essex by 2021 and 14,000 new houses set to be built in Braintree by 2033, there are an estimated 20,000 new jobs to be generated across the District. The delivery of training in STEM subjects is essential in order to meet urgent employer demand for skilled workforce.

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The funding for the skills centre was supported predominately by South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP), after the College won a share of £22 million in Skills Capital Funding as well as a £980k match funding from Essex County Council. The College has also received generous sponsorship from Cadman Construction Ltd towards the new equipment in the Brickwork and Plumbing workshops.

The College has worked collaboratively with employers in the industry to create new courses and facilities, which cater for these skills gaps, including Welding and Fabrication, Engineering Processes and Manufacturing. The specific high-tech workshops are based on industry facilities, preparing students for the workplace. These large, open plan areas include three engineering workshops, two construction workshops and six classrooms with state-of-the-art facilities. These resources will enable students, apprentices and the wider community to engage in training opportunities within the engineering and technology areas.

Welcome to the College at Clacton

The Church Road Campus is the third largest campus operated by Colchester Institute. The campus first opened in 1976 as a result of the merger of North East Essex Technical College with St Osyth Training College which resulted in the formation of Colchester Institute.

The College at Clacton caters for a wide range of students including school leavers on full time courses, adult learners undertaking part time evening study, and 14-16 year olds on school link courses.  There is a Centre for Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, and a successful walk-in style learning shop for adult learners to improve English, Maths, ICT and employability skills.

The vibrant campus has undergone a number of changes in recent months including new facilities for Carpentry and Joinery and Painting and Decorating.  The campus boasts an excellent construction craft centre including specialist facilities for plumbing and electrical installations, as well as a range of classrooms and IT suites to cater for a wide range of provision.

The recently refurbished campus offers a clean and modern environment to study and excellent facilities for its students. There is a student common room with TV, as well as other quiet areas for study or relaxation. We are delighted to announce that our Shore Cafe at the The College at Clacton is now part of the ‘Happy Cafe Network’. This is part of the Action for Happiness community initiative to create friendly and welcoming places to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing.

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Energy Skills Centre (Harwich)


In March 2013 Colchester Institute added The Energy Skills Centre at Harwich to its portfolio of campuses and high quality training facilities across North Essex. Following the Engineering Training Centre at Colchester, it marks the second outreach facility dedicated to supporting the skills needs of employers within a specific industry sector.

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Colchester Institute made a significant investment in Hamilton House, a significant property within the Harwich International Port estate, underlining the College’s commitment to supporting skills requirements within the energy sector. Delivery of the Centre was supported by a number of stakeholders including the Skills Funding Agency, Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and Harwich International Port.

Engineering for Industry – 16-18 Years Old Study Programme

The EAL Performing Engineering Operations Level 1 programme is primarily designed for students who have completed their GCSE’s and intend on pursuing a career within the engineering sector. This course will offer you a nationally recognised qualification in the field of engineering. Throughout the 21 weeks, you will learn a broad range of practical workshop skills.

The programme is taught using a mixture of practical workshop activities, classroom theory sessions and tutorials. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills; this will include work experience.

The Energising Harwich Scheme

energisingharwichSince opening, the Centre has been dedicated to supporting the emerging East Coast offshore wind industry specifically and acted as the hub for the successful UKCES Energising Harwich project. Since 2014 following the success and end of the original pilot, we have continued to build the training provided following similar styles and incorporating the needs of the current climate

The original pilot was a project designed by employers for employers as part of the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot. The programme ran until August 2014.

Students can gain the opportunity of being fast tracked through offshore engineering training qualifications. Details of the specific training on offer under the four week introductory programme, and the twelve week passport to work programme can be found via the website or please contact Teresa Bishop (, Project Manager and Support Supervisor on 01206 712 990, or
Anna Porter (, Energising Harwich Administrator on 01206 712 719.

Hamilton House
Foster Road
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The Facilities

The College has created a large multi-purpose workshop, two large classrooms, one IT suite, staff offices and welfare facilities. Harwich is already the UK’s largest wind port, and the investment will allow the College to meet the following strategic aims:

  1. Meet the needs of current employers in the locality
  2. Introduce a new training opportunity in Tendring
  3. Help attract inward investment into the area ahead of the Anglia One wind-farm development

There are plans for over 200 learners to be trained in the Centre during the 12 months to July 2014 across a range of programmes. The Centre will cater for apprenticeships and design further courses, specifically with employers in mind. It will provide opportunities for students who wish to develop careers within engineering, at large, and energy creation, specifically.

The Energy Skills Centre will link with Harwich and Dovercourt High School, to ensure the town can offer a range of engineering-based training options for school leavers working in partnership with a range of employers to ensure individuals will possess the necessary skills to be confident in gaining employment ahead of the exciting opportunities afforded to this growing sector.

Engineer Training Centre (Stanway)

Located in Stanway, this specialist engineering facility was established in 2008 and ensures our students are using the very latest in engineering technology.

Engineering Training

The Engineering Training Centre at Colchester has been set up in a, custom-modified, 600m2 unit in the prestigious Westside Centre on the outskirts of Colchester. It has the facilities to offer a wide skill set including: Bench Skills, Turning, Milling, Welding and Fabrication, Electronics, Drawing and CAD, Sheet Metal skills, Fitting and Maintenance, and Heat Treatments and Forge-work, along with supporting General Science, Mathematics and Materials Technology. There are also three classrooms with IT facilities.

The idea behind the Engineering Training Centre is to provide employers with an opportunity to access off the job practical training for employees and/or trainees.

Although The Engineering Training Centre forms part of Colchester Institute, this specialist facility is deliberately sited away from the main campus where learners are treated as employees and follow a regime of work. Once a good level of safe practical ability and knowledge is achieved, which can be set according to employers’ requirements, candidates can be introduced to the work place to continue their training. This may be shaped to the requirements of the employer, with continued support from the Centre.

The Minories


The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

Find out more about the latest events and exhibitions on The Minories website.

The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. Entry is Free.

The Batte-Lay tea Rooms is open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm during the summer, and 9.30am – 4.00pm during the winter.

The Garden, and some areas of the main Minories building are available for private hire, for business meetings, conferences or training sessions. The Gardens and Building are also a wonderful setting for wedding receptions, private parties and other celebrations. Contact us for more information.