Gateway to Skills Centre Relaunched in Partnership with SEGRO

Gateway to Skills project to boost students’ design and technology skills


Schoolchildren are to benefit from access to first class training and equipment to develop their design, technology and engineering skills in a new project at the Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME).


The Gateway to Skills initiative, which aims to engage students in science, design and engineering, was relaunched at CEME in Rainham on Tuesday 1st November.


Bill Williams, CEME Chief Executive, welcomed David Lunts, Greater London Authority’s Executive Director for Housing and Land, David Sleath, Chief Executive of SEGRO, which has funded the initiative and other guests.


Mr Williams gave guests a tour of CEME and they met 40 students from Coopers’ Company & Coborn School, Upminster, and Greatfields School, Barking, experiencing the Gateway to Skills session. The students were making robotic devices, knex models and more.

CEME ran a Gateway to Skills programme from 2003 to 2013, but it ended due to lack of funding. SEGRO made the re-launch possible with a £70,000 investment as part of an agreement with the Greater London Authority, with whom it is working on the £180 million East Plus regeneration of brownfield land across Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Newham into industrial space.


Mr Williams said: “The plan is for 1,000 students from Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Newham schools to participate in the programme over the next two years so they get science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM) skills.”


He continued: “CEME is delighted to be re-launching our Gateway to Skills programme in partnership with SEGRO and Havering College. The purpose of the programme is to engage young people in design and technology. We would like to thank SEGRO on behalf of all schools, parents and students in the region for enabling young people to better understand what a career in manufacturing, engineering and technology may look like.”


John Sullivan, a Science Teacher from Greatfields School, said: “I thought the sessions were invaluable in engaging our year seven students with science and technology, especially the girls. It opened their eyes to this area of study and the activities were not things that we could easily or affordably replicate in school.”


David Sleath, said: “This event marked the official start of the regeneration of the GLA's East Plus portfolio. SEGRO has a long track record of regenerating and modernising industrial space in London which has helped to support business growth and job creation in the Capital for many decades.”


Mr Williams added: “We already have a list of schools wanting to send pupils on the programme so would encourage interested schools and students to register sooner rather than later.”


Schools interested in booking a Gateway to Skills taster day can contact CEME on 020 8596 5400 or email

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