Committed to meeting the present and future training needs of the industry, continual investment has ensured that the Marine Skills Centre is at the forefront of the industry. More than £36m has been spent on the City College redevelopment programme, equipment and facilities since 2009. Student success rates are at a high standard - the college was classed as “outstanding” by the Government’s Framework for Excellence 2008. Training is delivered by experts who have years of experience and who are complemented by young blood brought in from leading marine companies, adding fresh thinking and ideas.
State of the art aluminium welding facility with an investment of £70,000. Features six aluminium and 12 ferrous welding machines, individual bays and lathes and guillotines.
Complete extraction equipment, monitoring and electronics equipment, a £25,000 autoclave, vacuum bagging system and down draught table. Facilities are available for all types of composite work from spray lay-up, resin infusion, vacuum forming and pre-preg carbon fibre materials for moulding pre-preg to gel-coat application and repairs.
MARINE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
Filled with £70,000 worth of equipment including milling machines, a CNC milling machine, lathes, a horizontal grinder, surface tables and a radial arm drill.
BOAT BUILDING & REPAIR WORKSHOP
Equipped to handle traditional materials and modern composites. Tools include circular saws, radial arm saws, planning machines and a heavy duty band saw.
ON WATER FACILITIES
Full access to River Itchen via a private slipway at any tide. The centre has a £5,000 tractor haulage system to provide launching facilities for all sizes of boats up to ten tonnes. It also has its own £20,000, 16m RIB, and £5,000 worth of small craft.
With internet and intranet access and all necessary software for on-site research and learning as well as plenty of break-out and study areas.
FULL CAD STUDIOS
Software includes Catia, Solidworks and AutoCAD, equipped with a colour plotter and colour printers.
VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
A well-developed online learning environment to support distance learning.
Specialist support from a team of experts for students with learning difficulties.
Opportunities to undertake additional activities at the centre such as RYA and powerboat courses.
Regular lectures provide the latest news, advice, demonstrations and information from within the industry.
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
Fully accredited or bespoke courses right up to director level.