Snapshot of Major Provision – H.E & F.E
Report Segment: Major Provision
City College Norwich
The School of Technology incorporates the Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies. The college is one of the largest in the UK with 6,000 14 –19 students and an annual budget approaching £50m. Each of its academies is led by a ‘board’ of employers – (for example Lotus sit on the Manufacturing board). City College is unusual in the sense that it is an awarding body in its own right. The first college in the country to gain Awarding Organisation Status in April 2008, it allows the college to accredit high quality training provided by employers with nationally recognised qualifications.
City College entered into a formal arrangement with EAGIT in 2005. they agreed to stop competing for a diminishing market and instead to work together – each organisation working to its strengths – EAGIT providing the practical learning and CCN providing the classroom based theory. This relationship has developed over the last five years and it makes sense for it to continue in Greater Norwich.
EAGIT has custom built workshop facilities, on the Norwich Airport Estate. EAGIT provides a wide range of training services to over 250 companies. With multi-level skills training which includes mechanical and electrical engineering, welding and fabrication, pneumatics and hydraulics, CNC, machining, fitting, milling and turning. EAGIT is well equipped to provide apprenticeships, short courses and bespoke training courses for the local industry. It is an important player in the Norfolk skills economy and is CCN’s delivery partner for engineering apprenticeships.
Hethel Engineering Centre
Hethel Engineering Centre is the SNF Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Sector Coordinator and has a dedicated Business Development Manager providing support to businesses in Norfolk. HEC is a vital part of the engineering skills equation in Norfolk. It is a successful innovation centre with a range of SMEs co-located at the site. HEC is a training centre, a conference venue, and an innovation hub. Its staff are specialists and have wide industry experience. HEC offers consultancy services, specific engineering services, network development, mentoring, and skills brokerage for the sector across the whole of the East of England as part of the Beyond 2010 programme. HEC runs a range of events including EAME2010 with nearly 600 attendees from the sector and it supports the three manufacturing excellence clubs in Norfolk; Its bi-monthly Real Advice Workshops, and quarterly Sector Focused Group meetings ensure that it has an ‘open door’ to engineering/manufacturing businesses across the county.
Great Yarmouth College
GYC has good mechanical, electrical and welding facilities. The college serves the local industry and has built up a reputation among engineering companies for skills. GYC now runs a three year foundation degree in mechanical engineering – they currently have around 30 students on the course, spread over the three years. This University Campus Suffolk (UCS) degree is jointly validated by the Universities of East Anglia and Essex. The course provides a recognised qualification for application for membership of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), or the Institute of Incorporated Engineers (IIE).
Lowetsoft College provides a range of engineering courses and has some very good facilities across the engineering disciplines. However it is also an internationally successful commercial provider of maritime specialist skills, providing training in the areas of Emergency Response and Crisis management for the offshore industry. Training takes place in a purpose built simulation suite with interactive links to other facilities such as the Marine Bridge simulator. Facilities in the suite include a full range of authentic communications systems, alarms, process annunciators, data loggers, SCADA emulation, hi-fidelity sound effects, video monitoring and recording and classrooms. Lowestoft’s commercial income amounts to some £1.5m per year, most of it coming from international clients.
College of West Anglia
CoWA delivers a range of full time engineering courses and its employer engagement team works with many engineering and manufacturing employers across the county. In addition to government funded learning, the college brings in an average £0.5m commercial income, and has a range of company based full cost programmes with employers such as Bernard Mathews; Purina; Palm Paper and Nestle. CoWA has a specialist facility for food processing which offers engineers the opportunity to test out equipment, fault checks, diagnose problems – all within a factory environment, but without the pressure of a rolling production line working to tight deadlines. This training facility is used by some of the largest food manufacturers in the county – at full cost, commercial rates – and customised to meet their needs.
CoWA offer a range of HE options including a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Motorsport Engineering. The course appears to be aimed at people already working in or else “actively involved in” motorsport in some capacity.
UEA is an internationally recognised university. Although it has no core engineering provision, it has consistently achieved very high research ratings in other subject areas and is at the centre of scientific innovations, ranging from biology, chemistry and environmental sciences to computing, mathematics and pharmacy. The university is currently planning to launch an MSc in Energy in the next year – with plans for a B.Eng in the following years (possibly from 2012). UEA’s EVOLVE programme and its Research, Enterprise & Engagement Office are good examples of outward facing teams who are actively developing links with SMEs and larger businesses around the county.