Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer was welcomed to University College Isle of Man by new Headmaster Jesamine Kelly, enjoying hands-on experience of vocational courses.
The tour included a tour of the “wide range of real work environments”, a tour of the newly renovated “#2” canteen, the digital corporate space and a meeting with the Student Services team.
During a visit to the Faculty of Arts, Design, Media and Music, Her Excellency tried her hand at free machining (a pattern of her own face) on the sewing machine with a crash course in fashion teacher Billee Saade.
The tour ended with tea and cake at the Annie Gill Café, which is open to the public and staffed by students who strive to build their confidence and “improve their interpersonal skills in a realistic café environment” .
Sir John said: ‘I was delighted to visit UCM’s Engineering Skills Test at the Hills Meadow campus in March and was so impressed with the students and facilities I wanted to see what else the UCM offers. The Homefield Road campus did not disappoint. What a fantastic level of facilities the young people of the island and the wider community have access to.
“Hearing about the positive student experience has been enjoyable and it will no doubt foster a culture of lifelong learning that is so important to the development and growth of the economy.”
He continued, “I was impressed with the wide range of courses available at UCM, which gives students the opportunity to study in a field they are truly passionate about without having to leave the island.
“The staff I met are all experts in their industry fields, which will no doubt provide students with the best foundation to enter the job market once their qualifications are completed.”