In collaboration with National Apprenticeship Week 2017, Eastleigh College Engineering apprentices were put to the test when asked to lead a lesson of their own. Lecturers took a back seat while the students took the opportunity to prove how much they’ve learned so far through practical demonstrations.
The apprentices decided to focus the operation of complex machinery, including the range of functions used within their industry and applying these within strict health and safety guidelines. The project was a great way for students to articulate the skills and knowledge they have to both their peers and their lecturer, and therefore recognise how far they’ve come since starting their Apprenticeships.
Charlie Cartwright, Level 2 Apprentice Marine Engineer at Dasic Marine Ltd, enjoyed leading the class, “I demonstrated how to use the lathe correctly, efficiently and safely. You don’t realise how much you know until you’re in charge!” Charlie hopes to become a successful Marine Engineer in the future, working on pumps and engines for yachts.
Engineering Lecturer, Steve Paynter, was impressed with the detail the apprentices were able to give him during their demonstrations. “I thought the demonstrations were delivered well; they were fluent, thorough, and conveyed to me the expanse of high-level, industry-specific skills they are learning.
“Apprenticeships are key in helping young people understand work processes, and actually being able to apply their knowledge.”
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.