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Welcome to our first Half Term Roundup of the 2020/2021 academic year. 

We may have entered our third (and hopefully last) lockdown but it has not stopped our incredible school community from continuing to build strong, positive relationships through a safe learning environment.

Read our interactive Half Term Roundup below to discover more about life at the ENL UTC. 

10 Things You Need to Know

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Offering a unique STEM curriculum, The Engineering UTC (University Technical College) Northern Lincolnshire equips learners aged 13-19 with the skills they need to take their future workplace with the confidence, industry knowledge and experience required. Government funded, the ENL UTC offers a genuine alternative to the traditional education system that already exists by allowing students to have an active role in choosing their future. Below are ten things you need to know about the ENL UTC.

1- Specialist STEM Education

The ENL UTC is a specialist STEM school and college, providing a university and industry-led curriculum designed specifically to educate students who have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Health and Social Care. The curriculum combines academic, technical and practical elements and will involve many aspects delivered by local industry partners alongside expert staff.

2- Academic Qualifications

ENL UTC students need to enjoy Maths, English and Sciences because they form such a large and important part of our curriculum and industry-based projects.

Students who study their GCSEs at the ENL UTC take all the Sciences, Maths, English Language, English Literature, Design and Technology and the choice of an Engineering or Health and Social Care Sciences route. There will also be the option to choose an additional subject alongside the core subjects.

Students who study their A Levels at the ENL UTC can choose between two STEM pathways. The one-year Apprenticeship Progression Pathway, in association with HETA, is ideal for individuals looking for a clear progression route to an apprenticeship, entry level employment or a Level 3 qualification. The two-year Level 3 Pathway, is designed for individuals looking for a broader understanding of engineering to help lead into employment, either directly or through an apprenticeship, or to form the basis of an application to a higher education course.

3- Industry-led Curriculum

The ENL UTC is proud to work alongside a wide variety of industry partners and universities who not only support and inspire our students to achieve their goals but also the UTCs unique STEM curriculum.

Throughout their time at the UTC, students have a multitude of opportunities to work on industry-led projects and challenges. By doing this, students will gain an understanding of the key employability skills, academic qualifications and technical knowledge their future employers are looking for.

4- Filling the STEM Skills Gap

The ENL UTC, has been established within the North Lincolnshire area to bridge the STEM skills gap. There is currently a lack of suitably qualified and skilled young individuals going into STEM careers, whether through apprenticeships or university degree courses.

We are proud to work closely with our colleagues at North Lincolnshire Council and the Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure we are meeting the needs of businesses whilst preparing our young people for successful and sustainable destinations.

5- A Five-year Education

The ENL UTC offers a five-year education to urge students to be successful in their sixth form studies. Our sixth form works alongside many employers and universities to ensure successful and sustainable destinations.

A sixth form centre has been developed within the UTC building to offer students dedicated study and social spaces for their use, alongside of a careers and progression room. The sixth form curriculum offers distinct pathways: A Levels, Engineering diplomas or a combined route.

6- Extensive Learning Facilities

Based on Carlton Street, in the centre of Scunthorpe and close to both bus and train stations, the ENL UTCs £12m facility is a learning environment like no other in our region. Allowing students to experience the world of work first hand. With a range of workshop spaces, classrooms and labs, the UTC has been purpose built to help students maximise their potential through a range of resources found in industry.

7- The ENL UTC Day

The ENL UTC operates a longer school day which reflects the business approach at the heart of our ethos and supporting them in their next steps after education.

  • Year 9 students start lessons at 8.40am Monday to Friday and finish at 2.40pm at the earliest</li
  • Year 10 and 11 students start lessons at 8.40am Monday to Friday and finish at 3.40pm at the earliest
  • Our exciting enrichment opportunities run until 3.40pm (year 9 students) and 4.30pm (year 10 and 11 students)
  • All KS3 and KS4 students finish at 1.10pm on a Friday
  • Sixth form students will have personal timetables that work across four days of studies. Helping to support alongside part time work.

8- Building Independence and Confidence

Students have dedicated ‘independent study’ time throughout the week instead of homework. This allows them to focus on additional studies, revision, research and/or projects within their timetabled lessons with a teacher always on hand, should they need it. With the ENL UTCs extensive workshops, labs and equipment’s it enables students to progress their studies and technical knowledge further.

There are no bells and all students are responsible for getting themselves to where they need to be throughout the day.

9- Enrichment Opportunities

All students will experience a multitude of enrichment and industry opportunities throughout the academic year. This will allow students to gain additional skills, awards, experiences and qualifications. Enrichment activities, which are timetabled as weekly lessons, can include: employer-led projects, Formula 24, Young Enterprise, robotics, sports club, woodwork and much more. Sixth form students also have access to a wide range of training, mentoring and enrichment activities.

10- Our Way

The ENL UTC offers a professional and mature learning environment that reflects the working world. Whilst we have clear boundaries and routine, students are treated like young adults, call teachers by their first name and wear a business dress code as opposed to a school uniform. All students demonstrate positive behaviours, values and principles that show they are going above and beyond to support our school, their futures and each other. Students are expected to have excellent attendance and punctuality in order to be involved in, and to complete, a large number of industry-based projects.

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 to arrange an appointment with our friendly staff.

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Meet Matthew, who after leaving the ENL UTC sixth form in summer 2018 has gone on to secure a Mechanical Technician apprenticeship with industry partner Tronox;

“I started at the ENL UTC in September 2016 and left in summer 2018 after completing my post-16 studies with a D, D* in Engineering and an A in Quantitative Reasoning. I chose the ENL UTC as I wanted to gain as much experience in industry as I could and I knew the college had lots of local links.”

How did the ENL UTC help to prepare you for your current job role?

“As the ENL UTC held so many events it gave me the opportunity to speak with potential employers on a regular basis whilst taking part in many realistic industry projects that allowed me to visit different manufacturing sites. This introduced me to my future employer Tronox, as I worked with them on projects throughout my time at the ENL UTC and was able to show them my passion and drive even before leaving education.”

What were your favourite subjects?

“Another reason I chose the ENL UTC was because of the wide variety of topics the college covers. I really enjoyed the practical side to everything as it helped me to get a feel for the branch of engineering I wanted to be apart of. I enjoyed the Quantitative Reasoning lessons too, as it let me expand further on mathematical problems.”

How would you explain your current job role?

“As an apprentice, I mostly work in the maintenance workshop understanding the day-to-day running of the company and how the plant is maintained. The variety of my job role is huge and I love it because I’m never stuck on the same task! One week I could be part of a team taking out a vessel and the next doing pump and valve changes.”

What are your future career plans?

“I hope to continue gaining lots of experience in industry, taking on as many new opportunities as I can.”

“At the ENL UTC, you’ll get as much out as you put in. Give it all you’ve got from the start and take every chance you can as you won’t stop learning. Never be afraid to as as the team will always be willing to help.”

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In recent months the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of STEM-related skills in all their forms (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) whilst propelling experts and the wide variety of careers available into the spotlight.

As the ENL UTC continues to play a vital role in building the STEM skills capabilities that the country needs now, and following COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that we will be working in association with HETA (Humber Engineering Training Association) across our post-16, Apprenticeship Progression Pathway.

The ENL UTC delivers a specialist STEM curriculum designed by our expert staff and local industry partners, to help immerse and engage students aged 13-19 through academic, practical and technical learning. Preparing them for the world of work and chosen career pathway. Valuing the importance of apprenticeships in addressing the STEM skills gap, our students are regularly introduced to the opportunities available; which in the last year alone has resulted in 37% of students heading into intermediate, advanced, higher or degree apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Progression Pathway is a one-year course designed for individuals who are looking for a clear progression route to an apprenticeship or entry level employment, or who is not quite ready to study a Level 3 qualification at this stage. The qualification will provide our students with the specific skills, knowledge and understanding, and range of transferable skills that are required in STEM roles.

Iain Elliot, CEO at HETA has said, “We are excited to work alongside the ENL UTC in supporting their apprenticeship progression pathway. Applicants that aren’t ready for an apprenticeship first time round when they apply to HETA, the UTC’s Level 2, 1 year pathway option will get them ready for an apprenticeship/traineeship as it will allow them to re-sit any grades that they don’t achieve and help them with focusing on aspects of employability skills. We are looking forward to working with the UTC learners on the progression pathways by supporting them with mock interviews, CV workshops and other necessary employability skills to get them ready for the world of work.”

This new partnership is an exciting prosect and will help to further enhance the excellent work both the ENL UTC and HETA do in developing opportunities through meaningful and relevant industry activities throughout the academic year. We look forward to working alongside HETA in building these vital skills and helping our students become the engineers, technicians and scientists of the future. Alex Billingham, Scunthorpe Centre Manager at HETA said, “The HETA Scunthorpe Training Centre are looking forward to working more closely. Learners who strive for a career in Engineering, will now receive more support than ever before, which will benefit the whole region”.

To find out further information regarding our Level 2 Apprenticeship Progression Pathway, please follow the links below.

Summer 20 Roundup 2> By | Latest news | One Comment

Welcome to our final Half Term Roundup of the 2019/2020 academic year. 

Despite the last few months being a new and unusual time for us all, it has not stopped our amazing team from continuing to build strong, positive relationships through a virtual world of online learning. Alongside of this we also started to welcome students back into our classrooms whilst embracing vital employer engagement.

Read our interactive Half Term Roundup below to find out more about what we have been up to during our summer term. 

Chemical Engineering Careers Talk

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Are you interested in a career in Chemical Engineering or would like to find out more? At the start of July the ENL UTC and IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers), teamed up for a virtual careers talk to discuss more about the opportunities available in Chemical Engineering.

Daniela, Sajalu and Thomas, engineering experts from across industry, spoke with our students to discuss:

  • Why Chemical Engineering?
  • What do Chemical Engineers do?
  • Routes into this career
  • Benefits of Chemical Engineering
  • Mentoring opportunities and help with stepping into a new role

IChemE is a global professional membership organisation that provide connections to a network community of Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers who exchange knowledge, practical experiences, promote competence and commitment and support CPD.

Discovering more about how to keep ourselves safe online was incredibly useful, not just for our students but for our parents and staff too. To find out more, please follow the link below.

Staying Safe Online Cyber Crime

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On Wednesday 17th June a number of our new year 9 students had a Zoom call with Alistair Kennedy from Humberside Police and Emma Davies from The Armour Group, to discuss cyber security and how to keep safe online.

Alistair who works within the Cyber Crime Investigation Team, and Emma who works as an Ethical Hacker, discussed a variety of topics surrounding cyber security including:

  • How to keep yourself safe online
  • What to look out for
  • How hackers work
  • The dark web
  • Career opportunities available within cyber security
  • Websites for further advice and help

Discovering more about how to keep ourselves safe online was incredibly useful, not just for our students but for our parents and staff too. To find out more, please follow the link below.

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During the period of school closure, the ENL UTC are running a number of challenges for our students to get involved in. These STEM-based challenges, sponsored by our wonderful industry partner Phillips 66, allow our students to be creative whilst keeping them inspired and motivated.

Our first challenge asked our students to construct/make something during this time to showcase their skillset and engineering knowledge. Whether it be fixing something around the house for the family, constructing something they had always wanted to build or experimenting with a new idea: there is no better time to put our STEM skills to the test!

To take part, students were asked to send in a photo of their creation along with a brief description. We received some incredible entries and are so proud of what our students have achieved whilst at home.

Well done to everybody who took part! Prizes will be announced shortly.

Ryan E - STEM Lockdown Entry

1st Place = Ryan E

Year 9 student Ryan, sent in a fantastic entry showcasing the work he identified and completed on his race kart.

Replacing the broken rear bumper, removing old tyres and cleaning the carburettor whilst using a variety of engineering techniques and tools means his kart is now ready for the next practise season.

Aiden H STEM Lockdown Entry

2nd Place = Aiden H

Year 11 student Aiden, has been using in time in lockdown to help build and construct garden furniture.

Building both a custom garden corner sofa along with a door canopy, Aiden used a variety of techniques and really put his STEM skills to the test.

Sonny M STEM Lockdown Entry

3rd Place = Sonny M

One of our new year 9 students Sonny, even got involved in the challenge by sending in a fantastic video of a coil unwinding machine.

Along with other projects Sonny has worked on at home, his coil unwinding machine was made from repurposed materials. Using an old cordless drill and a 9-volt battery, Sonny was able to unwind the coil ready for a future project. You can see more of his brilliant creations on his YouTube channel!

Runners Up = Nathan G, Thomas C and Isabella M

As we received so many fantastic entries, it was hard to whittle it down to just three!

    • Nathan G- One of our year 10 students spent his Easter break making bird boxes for his family. Using a hand saw, circular saw, hand drill and drill piece to create the wooden boxes, it is great to see Nathan taking his engineering skills and knowledge outside of our workshops.
    • Thomas C- One of our year 9 students has been very busy during lockdown, making wooden decorative pieces and a 6ft fence for his home! A great way to put his design skills to the test.
    • Isabella M- One of our current year 11 students has created her very own gameboy at home! Having researched into how to make her own handheld games console, Isabella was able to order components online before soldering them onto a circuit.
Meet our Alumni - Oliver

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Meet Oliver, who after leaving the ENL UTC sixth form in summer 2019 has gone on to secure a Trainee Designer Engineer role with Trepko, whilst studying towards a level 4 degree apprenticeship at Sheffield Hallam;

“I started at the ENL UTC in September 2017 and left in Summer 2019 after completing my post-16 studies. I originally joined the ENL UTC because I knew I wanted a career in engineering but had no idea of what area and pathway to pursue. For me, coming to the UTC’s sixth form helped to broaden my knowledge about different aspects of engineering whilst figuring out the kind of engineer I wanted to be.”

How did the ENL UTC help to prepare you for your current job role?

“My knowledge of CAD and design leaving the ENL UTC, really helped to give me a head start when I first joined Trepko, as I was one of the only applicants who had this level of experience. I think the sixth form studies and teachers really taught me a lot and helped me to move forward in a career I wanted, as I had the confidence that no one else wanted it more than me.”

What are you favourite memories of the ENL UTC?

“Two of my engineering teachers Ian and Rob, ultimately inspired me to want to become a design engineer. Those two were fantastic combination for me. I remember my first lesson with Ian, I was immediately captivated with everything design and knew I was going to be great at it!”

What is your full job title?

“My full job title is Trainee Design Engineer with Trepko. I am based in the design office where I work on numerous projects for large food companies that require packaging. My Level 4 degree apprenticeship at Sheffield Hallam, allows me to have a hands-on way of gaining a university qualification whilst further developing my skills.”

“My advice would be that if you’re wanting a career in engineering, you’re willing to work for it and have both the people and academic skills, then there is literally no other choice but to study at the ENL UTC!”