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Laura Pudsey

Introducing the NCS to Sixth Form 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Starting in September 2019, we are excited to be introducing the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, into our sixth form curriculum.

The NCS is a personal and social development programme designed to give young individuals a positive and memorable experience whilst building on valuable life-skills. Helping them to feel challenged, changed, engaged and empowered!

“You’re young and you have huge potential. You have what it takes to succeed in new challenges, embrace new experiences and make your mark on the world.”

As part of our new sixth form induction and studies, students will have the opportunity to meet new people whilst gaining essential skills that will help to give them the confidence they need to seize their future goals. It looks great on CV’s and personal statements too! It is the perfect way to introduce them to the UTC, whilst simultaneously bringing together the sixth form students through team-building exercises.

From starting at the UTC the NCS programme will be incorporated via the following;

  • Tuesday 3rd September – Year 12 induction day where members of the programme will on hand to speak to our students, to introduce them to the exciting activities they will be offering
  • Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th September – All sixth form students who have not previously signed up to the NCS, will have a three night residential stay where they will experience adventure activities designed to challenge and take them outside of their comfort zones
  • Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September – All students will spend the week taking part in a five day programme based at Glanford Park, which will combine personal skills development sessions with confidence and teamwork skills. Finally they will launch a social action project based on an issue they feel passionate about as a chance to make a real difference in the community

Upon completion of the NCS Programme, students will receive a certificate as proof of their efforts that can be used on UCAS applications and throughout future employment, followed by a graduation event to celebrate their achievements.

“It’s not just the activities that make NCS so special – it’s the people you meet and the skills you gain too.”

For more information please use the below buttons to contact our Business Engagement Lead, or to visit the NCS website.

Work Experience FAQ Section 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Looking to find out more about taking on a work experience student? Take a look at our helpful FAQs below.

Any further questions, please contact us on workexperience@enlutc.co.uk or by calling 01724 878100.

When does the work experience programme take place at the ENL UTC?

The work experience programme at ENL UTC takes place during year 10 and year 12, week commencing 24th of June 2019 for one academic week (Monday – Friday)

What is the purpose of work experience?

The purpose of the work experience programme is for students for find out more about the work of work and to spent time outside of the classroom within a business environment. At the UTC we are very passionate about developing the employability skills of young people and we are keen for them to find out more about what employers are looking for. We are eager for students to have exposure to the world of work and to have practical experience of engaging with the local community.

What do I need to have to be eligible to host a work experience student?

Under health and safety law, work experience students are your employees. You treat them no differently to other young people you employ. You need to have a passion for working with young people and for supporting with the development of the future workforce. If you work in a higher risk environment you will need to consider specific factors that need to be managed for young people including exposure to noise, toxic substances but if these specific factors exist in your workplace, you should already have control measures in place.

I have never had a work experience student before; where can I find out about best practise for a work experience student?

The Health and Safety Executive website gives out crucial information for placement providers (employers) regarding hosting a work experience student. Under health and safety law, work experience students are your employees. You treat them no differently to other young people you employ. Your existing employers’ liability insurance policy will cover work placements, provided your insurer is a member of the Association of British Insurers or Lloyds, so there is no need for you to obtain any additional employer’s liability insurance if you take on work experience students. Simply use your existing arrangements for assessments and management of risks to young people. For further information please see the HSE website by clicking here.

What will the UTC do to support a student and employer during the work experience programme?

The UTC will be on hand to support with any query regarding the work experience programme. There is a dedicated work experience email address at workexperience@enlutc.co.uk which will be answered within 24 hours for general queries. If you need to report a student absent or raise an issue whilst the student is on placement, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Contact numbers will be provided before the start of the placement. All students will be visited throughout the work experience week for the UTC to check in with the employer and the student.

Will there be a formal evaluation of the work experience placement?

There will not be a formal evaluation of the work experience placement, however feedback will be obtained from the employer regarding the student’s progress, attitude and willingness to learn throughout the placement. There is a very short form to complete in order to support the professional development of the student. We will be producing some case studies from the work experience placement in order to celebrate the successes of students and businesses so if you would like to be part of this please do let us know.

Who do I contact to discuss a query relating to work experience?

If you would like to host a work experience student or would like some further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact the UTC on 01724 878 1000. Alternatively, please email the work experience email account on workexperience@enlutc.co.uk and someone will get in touch with you to support. If you have a general query regarding work experience, the health and safety around this and the legalities of hosting a student, please see the HSE website by clicking here.

What if there is a problem during the work experience?

Prior to the placement starting, you will be provided with in case of emergency contact information in order to get in touch with parents and carers if you need to contact them directly. If a student is going to be absent from the placement or is running late and they have let the UTC know, then we will contact you directly to let you know.

Aren't there lots of forms to complete and additional health and safety requirements?

There is an initial employer form to complete which asks for key information about what kind of work the student will be undertaking, what risk is the placement and key information regarding your public liability insurance policy. The HSE has advised that taking on work experience is straightforward for employers and should not be about generating unnecessary paperwork. The main information that we need to capture from employers is to ensure that young people are safe at all times.

Where can I find out more about other ways of supporting the UTC?

If you are interested in supporting the UTC in other ways, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our business engagement leader on c.boden@enlutc.co.uk or 01724 878 100.

Validation for Employability Passport 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are pleased to inform you that the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, has successfully passed the LEPs’ (Local Enterprise Partnership) requirements for validation for Employability Passports, meaning that we are now 1 of 36 providers throughout the Humber!

This validation will now allow our students, throughout their time with the ENL UTC, to have the ability to work towards developing and attaining an Employability Passport, that is based on the CBI’s seven employability skills;

  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Business and customer awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Communication and literacy
  • Application of numeracy
  • Application of IT

An Employability Passport, is part of the Humber LEP’s commitment to improving the level of employability skills throughout the Humber.

The UTC’s positive sustained destinations (where students successfully enter into either further education, apprenticeships or full time positions after leaving school) along with the vocational nature of the courses and expertise of our teaching staff, is underpinned by our excellent careers programme.

The programme is designed to enhance our students understanding of employability whilst developing new and existing skills, helping to give them that edge when competing for jobs, apprenticeships, or applying for university places etc.

With the validation, it will now allow the ENL UTC to apply the achievement of the passport into various employer-based activities throughout the academic year.

LMI Humber Engineering 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On 20th March, we were delighted to have hosted and to have been a part of the LMI Humber event, which was aimed to help promote and discuss the importance of the engineering sector for the local region.

“The Humber has powered the UK economy for decades, bringing everything from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum. As the UK’s busiest port, the Humber is one of the UK’s most important assets.”

Humber Engineering Stats

7,000

people locally employed within the engineering sector

39,000

is the average salary for engineers across the UK

27,079

is the average starting salary for engineering graduates

186,000

estimated engineers needed each year to 2024

Want to find out more? Get an insight into the employment opportunities, routes into employment and skills & qualifications needed in key sectors in the Humber from LMI Humber, by viewing the video below.

Spring Term 1 and 2 Roundup 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are very pleased to present to you our roundup from Spring term 1 and 2, (January to April 2019).

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

From our impressive summer results and open events, to several successful challenges and discussing politics, 2019 has got off to a great start. We’re looking forward to ending this academic year the same way we started it, on a high note!

To find out more, please follow the link below! 

Apprenticeships and Work Experience – Phillips 66 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

It’s not just National Apprenticeship Week, where we can discuss the fantastic opportunities our industry partners have to offer. Phillips 66 Humber Refinery, is located within North Lincolnshire and is one of the most complex refineries in the Phillips 66 portfolio. Producing around 14 million litres of petrol every year, processing some 221,000 barrels of oil a day and employing around 1,100 onsite workers, they offer a fantastic opportunity for individuals looking to enter the engineering and technology industries.

What are your thoughts on apprenticeships for individuals?

Apprenticeships schemes are a gateway for young individuals and present a great vocational career path for those who possess a mix of practical and theoretical skills. Due to the recent introduction of the new apprentice standards, apprenticeships are now more widely available in more diverse career paths. For those individuals not wishing to remain in full-time formal education, apprenticeships offer a first step into the work place through a robust training curriculum, providing them with tangible, transferable skills. These skills will form the foundation for a multitude of potential careers.

What apprenticeship scheme do you offer?

At Phillips 66 we offer apprenticeships in a variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, piping and welding. Each year our apprenticeship vacancies and application process are advertised through HETA.

We also offer limited work experience places, available for those interested in apprenticeships, year 11 upwards. Applications for our work experience are accepted all year-round and takes place in April, prior to apprenticeship on site interviews. It is a great opportunity to experience more about the industry, and your future career options.

What skills do you look for when recruiting?

We are always looking for highly self-motivated, enthusiastic and engaged individuals who have a passion for engineering and technology. Ideally they should possess a background which demonstrates a genuine interest in the chosen craft discipline.

To find out more about Phillips 66, the exciting opportunities they have to offer and their work with the ENL UTC students, follow the links below!

The Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2019 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On Wednesday 27th March, four of our students; Rhys, Brandon, Joshua and Harry, gathered at HM Sultan, Gosport to compete in The Royal Navy Engineering Challenge.

Held in partnership with Eaton Ltd, Babcock and BAE Systems, this year’s challenge named Exercise Downbird Recovery, is aimed to inspire young people to engage further with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). These subjects helped to assist the students to design and build two remote-controlled vehicles; a land-based recovery vehicle capable of carrying a stranded helicopter and a ship that can transport it to safety.

In total, over 70 teams competed in this year’s challenge with many of the teams, including our own, enjoying the unique opportunity to experience 24 hours of naval life on board HMS Bristol! Able to roam the boat until lights out at 10:30pm, it gave our students a real insight into what The Royal Navy can offer.

After starting the day with a 5:30am wake up call, and noticing some minor issues with one of the designs, their first run got off to a less-than-ideal start as their land based recovery vehicle decided to take a swim. Yet despite this, our team powered through and spent the next four hours stripping the vehicle to repair the issues and to perfect the crane ready for the second run, which they completed in under 5 minutes and 30 seconds!

Leading up to the Challenge, the ENL UTC team dedicated many hours of their own personal time towards this project, and we are so proud to announce that due to their hard work, commitment and outstanding team work, the ENL UTC came in 3rd place within the 13-17 category, with a special mention from the judges for the greatest improvement across the day!

A massive well done to Harry, Brandon, Rhys and Joshua, and to all other teams who competed!

The Navy’s head of training, Commodore Andy Cree, commented on the overall Challenge saying “This realistic challenge presents young people with a rare opportunity to put their STEM studies into practice in a complex physical environment. The students will learn teamwork and systems thinking, which will serve them well wherever their careers take them.”

Formula 24 Greenpower, Blyton Test Race 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On Saturday 9th March 2019, five of our year 10 students attended their first practice session of the year at Blyton race track, with their Formula 24 GreenPower electric car.

The students have been introduced to the project by Greenpower Education Trust, to help further unlock their potential in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through the excitement of motorsport. This unique challenge sees our team designing, building and racing an electric car against a multitude of other teams throughout the academic year.

Students, Declan, Jayden, Leigh-J, Harry and Kian, have been extremely committed to the project from the offset, each one being responsible for a certain area of the design and build in the time leading up to the practice session, even pulling in expert advice from industry partners such as Phillips 66 and STEM Ambassadors to perfect their skills during the build. Even on the day when faced with bad weather including rain and snow, the team powered on and behaved faultlessly throughout!

40+ teams competed on the day, most being experienced in the annual race, but we are very proud to announce that Team ENL UTC came in the mid 20’s overall! A massive achievement that can help the students to build on their design over the upcoming weeks and months.

Well done again to our wonderful students; Declan, Jayden, Leigh-J, Harry and Kian, for all of their hard work and also to our staff members; Luke, Rob, Claire and James for putting in the time to ensure the project was a success.

We can’t wait for the next race!

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NAW 2019 – Cristal 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, our industry partner Cristal, discuss their long standing apprenticeship programme and how they inspire young individuals to have a successful start in engineering.

Do you believe that apprenticeships are beneficial for young individuals?

Apprenticeships are an amazing way for young people to learn the theory side of the trade whilst also receiving valuable hands on experience. Development of the hands on skills is crucial and can’t be underestimated. Skilled tradesmen have the knowledge and ability to adapt and overcome any scenario and completing an apprenticeship provides those experiences and a solid starting base for a successful career in engineering!

What apprenticeship scheme do you offer?

At Cristal we are immensely proud of the legacy of our long standing apprenticeship programme, which we can trace back over 60 years. We have some senior leaders who started their careers as an apprentice with the company and with training and development have successfully progressed through the business into a senior position. None more notably than the current Stallingborough Site General Manager Gavin Jones who started his journey as a mechanical apprentice 25 years ago.

Cristal currently offer apprenticeships in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Process Operations, Laboratory Technician and we currently have our first IT apprentice. Each year we take on 2 apprentices per discipline with applications now open through HETA for our Sept 19 program.

What skills do you look for when recruiting?

We look for focused and driven individuals who are passionate about the trade they have chosen. In reality they don’t have to be the most academically gifted person, the key element is what they are like as a person. Working at Cristal is like an extended family so we are looking for people who match our values and beliefs and can enhance the team. As long as they show a great attitude for learning we can teach them everything else during their apprenticeship.

The ENL UTC and Cristal have a strong partnership in helping to create the next generation of engineers. How would you describe the work that we do together?

Cristal has been linked with ENL UTC form the start. Since then the working relationship has grown from strength to strength with the highlight so far seeing Matthew Boden who is the first UTC student to be awarded an apprenticeship with us. At Cristal we are passionate about our partnership with the UTC and the invaluable opportunities we can provide to the students and staff to industry. Also as part of the UTC Scholarship Program we have committed to providing 6 guaranteed apprenticeship interviews exclusively to UTC students, a great opportunity which is only possible through our partnership with the UTC.

To find out more about the opportunities available at Cristal, please follow the link below.

NAW 2019 – ABP Humber 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, our industry ABP Humber, has provided an insight into the exciting opportunities available with the UK’s leading ports operator.

“Without a doubt, apprentices are our future in an area where the age profile is on the wrong side.”

What type of apprenticeship scheme do you offer?

ABP Humber, support around 33,000 jobs and together handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo, so there are plenty of exciting opportunities available within the company!

Our four year apprenticeship is split by the disciplines of electrical and mechanical. The apprenticeship scheme sees candidates based at the Port of Immingham and Hull where they will have the opportunity to work closely with industry experts to work on impressive infrastructures and giant sized kit including cranes, forklifts and tugs.

To find out more information regarding the scheme or to register your CV and interest in an apprenticeship with ABP, follow the links below!