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January 2019

Myth Buster – Tackling Common Misconceptions 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Offering a new kind of education, future-focused UTCs (University Technical Colleges) equip learners aged 13 or 14-19 with the skills they need to take their future workplace with the confidence, industry knowledge and experience required. Government funded, UTCs offer a genuine alternative to the traditional education system that already exists by allowing students to have an active role in choosing their future.

Since opening the doors to our £12m campus back in September 2015, the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire recognises that there are some common misconceptions that surround the pathways the UTCs provide for young individuals.

To help combat these misconceptions and to provide a clear perspective into the exciting engineering and technology careers available, we have put together this Myth Buster to help answer your questions.

“Why are you no longer known as Humber UTC?”

Humber UTC underwent a makeover back in January 2018 and is now officially recognised as the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire. The decision to rebrand the UTC was made as we felt it would better communicate our main aim, which is to deliver young individuals aged 13-19 directly into engineering and technology industries, through a specialist STEM-based education.

The rebrand also reflects our close relationships with industry partners and broadens our scope beyond the Humber. We are however, still located on Carlton Street, within Scunthorpe Town Centre and are easily accessible via public transport.

“I’ve heard that UTC school leavers struggle to find work.”

Engineering and technology are highly regarded fields that are recognised worldwide and according to Engineering UK 2018, 62% of engineering and technical graduates found full-time employment within six months of graduating compared with 56% of all graduates.

In 2018, UTC student destinations showed that a record of only 3% of school leavers were NEET (not in employment, education or training) compared to 8% nationally. The destinations also recorded that;

  • 47% of UTC leavers went to university
  • 27% of UTC leavers started an apprenticeship
  • 14% of UTC leavers started a job
  • 5% of UTC leavers pursued other forms of education (FE)

The Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire takes an immense amount of pride in developing strong partnerships with local industry experts that help to contribute towards our hands-on and practical, employer-shaped curriculum. By providing students with the industry knowledge, attitude and technical skills required by future employers it allows them to make a rapid and successful transition into working life. Alongside of this, the ENL UTC also has a particular focus on developing individual’s personal and professional skills that are transferable when connecting education to industry. Helping them to feel prepared for any situation and putting them at the front of the career queue.

“Isn’t engineering just working on cars?”

Engineering is one of the UK’s broadest sectors, with specialist branches in a number of different areas, meaning that you don’t always have to get oily!

Each year it is estimated that there are up to 40,000 jobs available, requiring STEM-based skills, within the UK. So whilst Mechanical Engineering is on the curriculum to help our students understand how to design power-producing machinery, we also introduce a much wider skill set including: aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, design, electrical, and environmental to name a few.

UTCs are designed to build expertise in subject areas by working closely with employers on technical projects. At the ENL UTC, our partners aren’t just from within the engineering industries, they stem from all areas including higher education, career advice, and entrepreneurs, to provide a well-rounded view into the future potential of each individual.

“Engineering UTC students perform poorly compared to those at other school.”

This is not true. In February 2018, the ENL UTC received our first inspection where we received a Good rating by OFSTED.

In the report which can be found below, it is stated that “In Key Stage 4, the attainment of pupils in English and Mathematics is above the national average.” And “Almost all the students from the year 11 cohort in 2017 are in further education, training or employment. Half of the year 12 students secured higher-level apprenticeships and some enrolled on courses at university.”

Through the UTCs innovative concept of education that combines technical, practical and academic learning it allows our students to excel in their studies with our Ofsted report stating “Pupils and students have a strong commitment to learning and demonstrate strong work-related skills and attitudes. They are proud of their college.”

“UTC students aren’t as academic and successful as their peers.”

Did you know that the average starting salary in the engineering sector is £25,607, compared to the average graduate salary of £21,700? Did you also know that the average salary for all engineers within the UK is around £40,000 per annum?

Engineering is the application of knowledge in the form of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), that requires innovation, creativity and academic practise to be able to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

At the ENL UTC our students have the opportunity to study for their GCSEs or A-levels whilst simultaneously developing technical skills and qualifications. On average throughout the year our students will spend up to 60% of their time in core academic subjects such as: Maths, English literature and language, computer science and a range of optional subjects. The other 40% is then spent focusing on a range of pathways dedicated to industry including; Design, Manufacturing and System and Control. This means that our students develop well-rounded skills including academic, technical, personal and professional that equip them for top-flight universities, high quality apprenticeships and employment.

“Are there roles for women in these industries?”

Traditionally engineering and technology have been viewed as ‘male-dominated’ industries, where the gender imbalance has seen females occupying only 12% of the workforce in 2018, according to the Engineering UK’s The State of Engineering Report.

With the UK producing the lowest proportion of young women studying STEM, there are many companies and campaigns that are encouraging women into engineering to help reduce the current divide and enable each individual to meet their potential in work. Engineering is highly regarded industry and contributes to around 26% of our GDP, so significantly increasing the number of people with engineering skills is essential.

ENL UTC are proud to partner with many organisations who recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of female engineers. One partner organisation who we work closely with is WiME (Women into Manufacturing and Engineering), an initiative by Green Port Hull, Siemens Gamesa, Airco and Jobcentre Plus, who work with businesses around the Humber to understand the opportunities they offer to women. Dr Kirsty Clode, chair of WiME, previous BP engineer and plant manager, and huge supporter of the pathways available at UTC, regularly involves herself in the projects and work of our students to showcase the exciting future careers available for young women by studying STEM.

“UTCs perform poorly in league tables.”

The North Lincolnshire Council performance tables compares the ENL UTC to other schools around the local area using Progress 8.

What is Progress 8? The government introduced Progress 8 in 2016 to replace the GCSE league tables based on the number of pupils gaining A* to C grades, from the ages of 11 to 16. Attainment 8 measures average attainment across those subjects. There are eight sections of subjects that qualify for performance score, with the first five sections being the English Baccalaureate subjects: English, maths, history or geography and a language.

Although these subjects are part of our curriculum, students may not choose to study all of these English Baccalaureate subjects. The strongest aspects of our educational approach which is to deliver an exciting, STEM-based curriculum, allowing students to boost their career prospects and learn skills, is not recognised within Progress 8, leading to a lower overall score. Yet we know that our students’ continuously exceed expectations during their time with us. You can find out more details about our curriculum by following the link below.

Last year, a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research called for an urgent review of how Progress 8 is used to classify UTCs. As the ENL UTCs starting age is 13, the individual’s education experience prior to joining the school counts towards their final score. The Department for Education recent statement recognises that Progress 8 is not the most appropriate measure for UTCs and that other measures, for example, student destinations are more important.

“University Technical Colleges … start educating pupils from the beginning of key stage 4, partway through the 5-year period covered by Progress 8. This should be taken into account when comparing their results with those for schools which start educating their pupils at the beginning of key stage 3.”

(DfE Performance Tables website, January 2018)

If you wish to find out more or have any further questions not answered in the above, please call us on 01724 878100 or email us on info@enlutc.co.uk to arrange an appointment with our friendly staff.

New Community Partnership 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are delighted to announce our new friendship and community partnership with Messingham Martial Arts, as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver well-rounded, confident students into the engineering & technology industries. This new friendship will help to inspire and motivate our students to achieve their goals through STEM-based learning and high quality exercises, whilst building on their confidence, life skills, discipline, respect and much more!

Master Stuart Usher, founder and chief instructor at Messingham MA, has a number of incredible achievements under his (master) black belt such as; BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 2017, Chief Instructor of the British Taekwondo Association (one of the oldest in the UK) and British Martial Arts Community Based Instructor of the Year Runner-up 2018! However, during the day Mr Usher is also an Electrical Engineer at British Steel in Scunthorpe with many years of experience within this popular field. His passion and commitment to both the engineering industry and Martial Arts community will help to incorporate the ENL UTC STEM-based learning into physical activities. The benefits of this for students will increase their ability to not only strengthen their bodies but to also retain and understand the importance of STEM concepts.

This new-found community partnership is part of our exciting, continued growth and development to provide our students with the best possible start to their future career by connecting with local industries and experts.

To find out more about Messingham Martial Arts and the classes available, please follow the link below.

Autumn Term 2 Roundup 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are proud to present to you our roundup from Autumn Term 2. 

This interactive newsletter provides you with an exciting overview and insight into a typical half term at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.

From extending our fast-growing school and impressive mock exam results, to industry partner visits and community events, 2018 was a successful year! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the academic year brings.

To find out more, please follow the link below! 

Applying to University – Shanen, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Thinking of applying to university? As the deadline for applications gets closer this could be the ideal time to start thinking about the route you want to go down when preparing to leave school. No matter the university or course you are looking at it is important to understand the application process and how you can demonstrate yourself as the ideal student.

Whilst the process may seem daunting to some, UCAS have released many useful guides and tips that help when filling out your application form. To put it into perspective here are the top things admissions teams look for when reviewing your application form;

  • Qualifications
  • Content of written personal statement
  • Quality and content of reference
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline
  • Good attitude to learning and personal development
  • Ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, we work closely with our students to ensure that they have all the industry knowledge, qualifications, business acumen, technical skills and employability skills required by employers to fulfil future ambitions. We also work closely with industry partner University of Hull, to provide further detail regarding life on campus, studies and career progression.

So whilst we have you covered for gaining all those experiences and qualifications required to fill your applications form, how do you effectively translate all of this into a personal statement?

A personal statement is a vital part of your UCAS application, the supporting piece, which gives you an opportunity to showcase your ambitions, skills and passion for the chosen field on just one page. It is the ultimate way to sell yourself to the admissions team.

Whilst some of our students are in the process of finalising their applications for the deadline, we have taken the time to note down tips from Year 12 student Shanen, on how she successfully completed her personal statement.

1 – Map out a simple structure for your content
Don’t make this structure too complicated. Simple is key as you can throw in extra detail later on once you have the bulk of your content in place. By following a concise plan it allows you room to edit later on without forgetting your place.

Shanen was able to do this by following a simple yet effective structure that allowed her to present a confident image of herself to the admissions team;

  • Introduction
  • Interests that relate to the course and how it inspires her
  • Studies and qualifications so far and how it is relevant for future progress
  • Skills and qualities
  • Conclusion, reminding the university why she is suitable for the course

2 – Don’t start with “I wish to apply for this course” or “I want to do this course because…”
The first paragraph of your personal statement should be short, catchy and with the ability to express yourself as an individual. Use this as an opportunity to showcase your interest and how this results in your chosen subject.

From the outset, Shanen makes it clear that her passion lies within the physics field by stating “What sets physics apart from the other sciences, in my opinion, is that it can be practically applied to all instances in life.” This will spark an interest in the reader to want to find out more about you as a person.

3 – Why should they choose you over the other applicants?
Be modest but always make sure that you sell yourself. Indulge the reader in information that can make you stand out compared to other applicants. Shanen, as part of her application, provided information relating to her deep interest in space and astronomy; “Books such as The Martian and Endurance have inspired me to pursue further studies in astronomy and the corresponding physics.” It helps to show that your interest in the course runs far beyond the class timetable.

4 – Your studies and qualifications so far
Although this information will be provided in further detail within your application form, it is essential to highlight your successes within the personal statement too. Shanen uses her time at the ENL UTC to showcase her ability to learn by stating, “I am currently working towards a Level 3 Engineering qualification, a Quantitative Reasoning qualification and an Extended Project Qualification at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.” Whilst also taking the time to highlight additional certificates and achievements that she has gained prior to her most recent studies.

5 – Any desirable skills and traits?
Treat a personal statement like a CV cover letter by highlighting your key qualities and skills that can be applied throughout your studies. This will show the reader that you have a strong business acumen and can perform to a high standard. Shanen visits previous work experience to expand on the skills she learnt by stating, “I have over 350 hours of paid work experience within the customer service sector showing that I can adapt to different situations, perform well under a deadline and can work efficiently to a specific schedule.”

Not only does this highlight to the reader that Shanen has strong communication skills but also that she has the ability to complete work to a deadline.

6 – What are you future plans?
Try and think beyond education and how you can use your qualifications and experiences for the future. It is inspiring for people to hear how their work can help lead you towards your dream career.

Shanen, uses the above to close her personal statement with, “I would like my degree to lead to a career in Cosmological Research, as it would keep me abreast of new discoveries in the physics sector.”

7 – Tailor your content to fit a variety of university applications
You may find that when you start looking into universities you have several options in mind that you want to apply for. Whilst every kind of university has a recommended set up for your personal statement as they each look for different qualities, it is important to remember the above points so that your content will fit all of them to an extent.

Always keep in mind that your content should be tailored around your chosen course so that it is easily translated to all course supervisors for them to see your suitability and interest.

For any further information on how the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire can help prepare you for your dream STEM-based career, you can contact our team via info@enlutc.co.uk or call 01724 8787100.

Commit to Confidence 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Having worked with Enabling Enterprise since 2017, our students have taken part in fast-paced, work related Challenge Days that introduce them to the eight Essential Skills needed for their future development.

To find out more about how our students got on, please follow the link below.