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Our Staff – Design & Innovation 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, we are committed to providing a unique and exciting curriculum that combines academic, technical and practical learning. With a range of engineering and manufacturing workshop spaces and classrooms onsite, our students have an opportunity to get to grips with industry-standard machinery, developing sought-after skills and knowledge that future employers are looking for. However, it’s not just our students who use our workshops to be innovative.

Recently both our premises manager John, and engineering technician Ash, put their skills to the test in order to replace an existing element of the schools central heating system, working together to find a solution that wouldn’t break the bank. The part in question was a ratchet open and close valve, that was 20mm too small and didn’t have the correct handle in order to function correctly.

Originally, John contacted local companies to discuss the replacement and discovering it could cost around £500.00, he decided to turn the situation into a fun challenge by working with Ash to make the part inhouse. Using Autodesk Fusion 360, one of the 3D CAD, CAM and CAE systems our students use when creating new ideas and completing project work, Ash was able to produce an initial prototype from acrylic.

After testing the prototype and making any necessary alterations both John and Ash were able to create an aluminum version of the valve using the school’s Boxford CNC Laser Cutting machine. This aluminum part has now been approved by local gas engineers who have tested that it is safe to function!

John said, “The ingenuity of myself and Ash, means we have solved a problem at little cost. This won’t be the last time that we do projects like this because we have access to modern cutting-edge machinery and at the end of the day, why wouldn’t we want to use it!”

Thanks to John and Ash’s innovative thinking and engineering knowledge, the overall cost of replacing the valve was equivalent to a sheet of acrylic and aluminium. A perfect example of how STEM skills are transferable and can help to solve the kind of problems faced by individuals and companies every single day.

Want to find out more about life at the ENL UTC and how our unique curriculum can ignite ideas around your future? Follow the link below.

Partner Profile | Orsted 2> By | Employer Partners | No Comments

Orsted develop, construct and operate wind farms and are a global leader in the offshore industry

The Ofsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Orsted construct and operate offshore and onshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and provide energy products to its customers throughout Europe. On the east coast of the UK, Orsted are currently constructing the world’s largest offshore wind farms; Hornsea One and Two which will be operated from their Grimsby base, the East Coast Hub, the largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility in the world!

If you’re passionate about a future in green energy, our partnership with Orsted, can introduce you to their three year Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeship scheme. To find out more about the company and the careers available, carry on scrolling!

“Securing a workforce for the future is important to us and we need to attract new talent and the brightest minds into our business to achieve our ambition to live in a world that runs entirely on green energy.”

  • Web address: www.orsted.com
  • Location: In the UK, their offices are based in Grimsby
  • Example Jobs: Wind Turbine Technician
  • What they look for in their future workforce:
    • A good technical understanding and ability to handle problem-solving and fault-finding
    • A passion for manual dexterity work
    • A mature attitude to safety
    • Good communication skills
    • Ability to use ICT equipment
  • Examples of Engagement & Activity:
    • Student mentor programme, to allow our students the opportunity to learn directly from the experts
    • Specialised projects delivered directly to our students
    • Attendance to ENL UTC events to discuss future career opportunities
    • Employer talks regarding the roles available within the organisation

Want to discover a future in green energy?

Follow the buttons below to find out more about Orsted’s apprenticeship scheme or join us at one of our upcoming open events to start the conversation.

Nov/Dec 19 Roundup 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are very pleased to present to you our Half Term Roundup for November and December 2019. 

This interactive newsletter rounds off another jam-packed term here at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire. From celebrating our students achievements outside school and Monday funday, to eco motorhome designs and upcoming events, we can’t believe how fast the last eight weeks have gone.

We wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to continuining our journey with you, building on strong relationships and a culture of positivity.

To read our roundup, please follow the link below. 

Dylan - ROK Superfinal

Dylan – ROK Cup Superfinal 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, relationships matter. From celebrating regularly and praising positive behaviours, to encouraging skills and supporting each other, it’s what makes us professional, responsible and loyal and helps to prepare our young people for their futures.

Supporting student’s skills and interest’s means that we love hearing what they get up to outside of school and how they apply their knowledge into real world scenarios. For year 10 student Dylan, it’s his love of karting that inspires his passion for engineering.

Racing since the age of eight, Dylan has regularly competed in the British Karting Championships and worked hard to progress. After taking a year out, Dylan and his family put together a package to help him get back onto the circuit and through his hard work, determination and focus, came in 2nd place at the British ROK Championship, progressing onto the ROK Cup Superfinal, in Italy!

Not only do Dylan and his family commit time and money into competing but they also continuously develop their engineering skills to help fix and update their Go Kart, to ensure the best possible performance. Dylan’s dad has said

“Through this I have seen his passion for engineering grow. He loves to get his hands dirty and is always looking to understand not only his engine but also the setup of the go kart to maximise his chances of winning. One thing I said to Dylan before we went to the world final is that out of all the 500 competitors I bet that there is only one that has built his own engine and understands it, and that is something to be proud of whatever the result was going to be.”

What is the ROK Cup Superfinal?

It is a chance for all Rokker drivers from around the world to compete in a series of racing events across a week, assigning the title of the ROK absolute champions. This year the ROK Superfinal, saw 419 drives, 7 categories, 5 continents and 49 countries represent! You can find out more about the event by clicking on the button below.

During his time in Italy, Dylan placed in 7th position during the pre-qualifying practice and went from 36th to 14th in just one race! Extremely impressive to say that he experienced an accident in one race and a broken fuel pipe in another. Perfectly showcasing Dylan’s, capability and determination to be able to compete at world level.

We are so proud to hear of Dylan’s passion for karting and to be playing a small role in helping to develop his skill set further. It goes to show how far you can go with the right STEM skills!

“I am very grateful for the fact that Dylan attending the UTC has brought out a young man that is now more focused and who loves going to school to learn about different engineering techniques. The concept of the school has ignited a passion in Dylan which I hope can develop him going forward to one day make a very good engineer.”

We look forward to supporting Dylan’s career and helping him to progress even further through our extensive and exciting curriculum. If you are a local business wanting to help support and sponsor a young individual racing on the world stage, please contact us by following the link below.

Sept/Oct 19 Roundup 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are very pleased to present to you our Autumn Term Roundup (September to October 2019).

This interactive newsletter celebrates the start of another incredible year here at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire. From a Raising Aspirations Day and exploring space, to school trips and our first open event of the year, we have got off to a great start this year.

With this being our first with a year 9 cohort and with student numbers continuing to grow we are looking forward to what the rest of this year will bring.

To find out more, please follow the link below. 

Our First Week of 2019/20 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Last week the ENL UTC opened its doors to the start of another school year, and what a first week back it was! Not only did we welcome our first ever year 9 cohort but we had a week jam-packed full of visits and employer-shaped activities.

Starting the term on Tuesday 3rd September, we welcomed our year 9 and 12 students for an enrolment day, where they were officially introduced to all staff members and had a general run through of what to expect throughout the academic year.From there our year 9 students were asked to complete a series of baseline assessments to help understand their starting points with us, whilst year 12 students were introduced to their upcoming units through interactive assignments and research tasks.

On Wednesday 4th September, we held our first ever Raising Aspirations Day, where a total of 12 external organisations supported our students through a variety of talks and activities.

Hosting a careers fair in our main hall, provided each year group with the opportunity to discuss future opportunities with a variety of industry experts including: Tronox, ABP Humber, University of Hull, Orsted, Phillips 66, National College of High Speed Rail, National Grid and the Royal Navy. Each student was tasked with discovering various details about each industry partner as part of their research and introduction into employer-lead projects.

Alongside of the careers fair, our students were also able to experience sessions with ABP Humber, Young Enterprise, University of Hull, Orsted and an activity and talk with former The Apprentice star, Adam Corbally!

Feedback from students showed just how enjoyable the day was with words such as informative, enlightening, great, fun, exciting, interesting and fascinating being used! The National College for High Speed Rail commented

“It was definitely one of the best career fairs I have attended. It was organised and the behaviour of the students was excellent!”

On Thursday 5th September, the fun continued as we saw 220 students visiting five different locations where they developed vital skills and industry knowledge. The trips included:

  • A visit to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, where our year 9 students discovered the incredible science behind the Sun through a walkthrough exhibition
  • Elsham Hall Activity Centre, where our year 10’s took part in a multitude of team building activities that included Total Knockout! Both our students and staff members had a brilliant day
  • A visit to Jaguar Landrover at both their Birmingham and Solihull sites, with our year 11 students. They were able to take part in a team building activity and a guided tour of the car factory and manufacturing process
  • Visits to Amazon Distribution Centre and Stylex, where our year 12 and 13 students were able to relate the industries to their engineering curriculum and unit

All of the trips are a vital part of the ENL UTC’s curriculum as it ensures that our students’ learning is applied to real industry and company processes. By connecting education to industry it ensures that our students are supplied with all of the qualifications, knowledge, experiences and confidence needed to achieve their dream career.

On Friday 6th September students were presented with ‘Our Way’, to introduce our Professional, Responsible and Loyal standards. Showcasing from the start that relationships are at the heart of everything we do develops clear boundaries and routines for both students and staff members. Our behaviours, values and principles are shared with our industry partners to best prepare students for their future careers.

We have had a fantastic and fun-filled start to the academic year and we are so proud of all of our students, both new and existing, for their positive attitude and hard work so far, but it doesn’t stop there. Over the upcoming weeks we have a multitude of activities planned including:

  • Our year 12 students taking part in the NCS programme
  • An Intro to Space for our year 10 students, hosted by year 13 student Shanen
  • The National Apprenticeship Show
  • Foundations Live

and much more!

If you you would like to speak with a member of our team please follow the button below. Or, if you are interested in finding out more about life at the ENL UTC register for our upcoming Open Event on Thursday 26th September. The perfect opportunity to meet with existing students, staff members and a wide variety of industry partners to discover your passion for STEM.

Bring on the rest of the year!

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

We are very pleased to present to you our Summer Term Roundup (May to July 2019).

This interactive newsletter celebrates the end of another incredible year at the ENL UTC. From the Outstanding Leader Award and our exam season, to site visits and a kaleidoscope exhibition, 2019 has been an incredible year as we continue to grow and expand. Thank you to everybody for your incredible support so far!

To find out more, please follow the link below. 

GCSE & A Level Results 2019 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

2018/19 has been our most successful academic year yet, and to top it off, our students have been celebrating their impressive GCSE and A Level results as the college continues to excel in providing a specialist STEM education.

Since opening in September 2015 the ENL UTC has gone from strength to strength with this years results surpassing previous year milestones:

  • A Level students’ average grade being at the highest it has ever been
  • Our highest ever Level 2 Engineering results

Benefitting from a hands-on, practical curriculum through high-quality teaching and industry experts, students celebrate their fantastic achievements and the many exciting opportunities they have to look forward to.

Carly Boden, Business Engagement Lead at the ENL UTC says “We are very proud of our students’ successes this academic year. For the third consecutive year we have increased our Level 2 Engineering results, to 76% in Design and 65% in Manufacture. We are looking forward to welcoming a significant number of students back to our sixth form, however students who have left us have progressed to positive destinations including the RAF and apprenticeships at local companies such as Lebus.

All of our Level 3 students have achieved their Engineering qualification and are progressing on to some fantastic destinations, including the University of Hull and the National College for High Speed Rail. Putting destinations at the heart of everything we do ensures that supply industry with young individuals with the right skills needed to be successful in the workplace.”

ENL UTC A Level students who celebrated their results on Thursday 15th August, achieved more grades at Merit and Distinction in the diploma qualification than ever before!

Oliver Beck, sixth form student at the ENL UTC, secured DM (Distinction, Merit) in his Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma. Currently working as a Design Engineer, at a local packaging solutions company Oliver said, “I was really nervous about picking up my results but now I couldn’t be any more excited. Going into my job interview, I was the only interviewee with the relevant software experience and industry knowledge which really impressed my manager. Now, I am looking forward to starting at Sheffield Hallam in September, studying Product Design and Development one day a week to achieve my Level 6!”

“Latest research from University Technical Colleges (UTCs) have found that nearly 1 in 3 students have thought about how specialist subjects will influence their career and more than a fifth of students said they would have benefitted from more contact with local employers whilst in education.

For our year 11 students who picked up their GCSE results on Thursday 22nd August, it was all round smiles with grades showing our continued success and improvement:

  • Grade 4 and 4 passes in GCSE Maths and English are 10% above baseline targets
  • Grade 4 and 4 passes in GCSE Maths and English are 10% above baseline targets
  • GCSE Computer Science results up by 12.5%
  • GCSE Science results up by 12.5%
  • Our highest ever GCSE Geography results
  • GCSE Spanish results up by 40%
  • 100% pass rate in GCSE French and Polish

Tiernan Macdonald, who secured top grades throughout his subjects and is now one step closer to his dream of becoming an Aerospace Engineer, said “I feel great about my results! The ENL UTC has helped me to do better than I thought I would and I can now look forward to achieving my Level 3 with the college over the next two years.”

Jake Foulger, who joined the ENL UTC in 2017, has future plans to work in Avionics and commented “I feel great with all of my results! The school has helped to improve my grades and gave me the opportunity to gain my level 2 in engineering early on in life.”

At the ENL UTC , we work to fill the high demand for engineers by equipping our students with everything they need to access tomorrow’s career opportunities. By providing a unique and dynamic environment where culture, employability skills and personal development is at the heart of everything we do, it has helped our students to secure excellent results and destinations.

Marc Doyle, Principal and CEO of the ENL UTC said “Against the odds, the UTC has gone from strength to strength. In danger of closing just over two years ago, with less than 100 students on roll, there was an unerring determination to furnish the local area with skilled professionals. To sit comfortably in 2019 with a Good Ofsted judgement, record Engineering outcomes, 100% of past students in continued employment education and training and a third year where maths and English results are above our stringent national baseline targets, we are delighted to have a school that continues to grow.

In September, we will welcome our first group of Year 9 budding engineers, with a brand new refreshed curriculum involving a variety of industry partners and a school of 230 students. I am confident that we will continue to grow and succeed.”

For more information on how you can kick start your future at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, or to apply for a place in year 9, 10 or 12, please use the buttons below. We will also be hosting an Open Evening on Thursday 26th September. Keep an eye out on our website and on social media channels for further details!

Space School 2019 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

2019 has been a particularly important year for space, as we celebrated 50 years since the first human set foot on the moon in one of the most significant moments of human history and ever since then, our fascination with space exploration and the opportunities available through STEM haven’t dimmed. For Shanen, our year 13 student and resident physics mastermind, her deep interest in all things space and astronomy has cemented her decision to work towards a career in Cosmological Research.

As the ENL UTC, continuously encourages our students to explore as many exciting opportunities as possible, whilst offering them everything that they need for their chosen pathway, it seemed only fitting that we celebrated Shanen’s passion for physics with a trip to Space School at The University of Kent!

The exciting three day residential event runs every year and is perfect for inspiring the next generation of scientists. Involving hands-on astrophysics and space science workshops, it is run by academics, postgraduates and undergraduate students, and provides students with the opportunity to do some observing outside of this world.

To see how Shanen, got on at Space School, carry on reading.

Commencing take off in 3… 2… 1…

Friday 2nd August

  • 1.00pm start with a welcome talk and introduction the the staff
  • Separated into groups for the rest of the weekend, Shanen was part of Team Nebula, alongside of four other students
  • An ice breaker activity where the groups had to create a ‘space capsule’ that would hold the egg and allow the ‘eggstronaut’ to survive a 3m drop. Team Nebulas did and was the only one that bounced!
  • A talk about the Rosetta Mission from a university researcher
  • A talk from a university Physics lecturer regarding the upcoming Lunar Gateway Missions
  • Dinner and a quiz where Team Nebula came second
  • A quick talk about the different telescopes the university uses
  • From 9pm to 11.30pm the students were able to observe the night sky with the local Astronomy club, who brought in telescopes for a variety of observation sections, whilst talking about the campus Beacon Observatory

Saturday 3rd August

  • 8.30am start for breakfast followed by a talk about the different activities the students could expect over the weekend
  • Rocket building! Students were given a five hour period to design, build and simulate their rocket ready for take-off
  • Lunch break
  • Lunar geology session, equipment tour and mission proposal work
  • Dinner break
  • Further rocket building
  • The students were unable to observe this night due to overcast weather, so instead they were able to experiment with freezing various items in liquid nitrogen
  • A quiz before lights out

Sunday 4th August

  • 8.30am start followed by a ‘Lunar Rover’ Lego coding activity
  • Each team finished off their mission proposals and rocket
  • A special 20th Space School anniversary lunch
  • Official rocket launching. Each team launched their rockets but unfortunately Team Nebula’s ‘eggstronaut’ did not make it due to the lack of shock absorption
  • Mission Proposal presentations
  • An award ceremony that saw Team Nebula win! As a prize they each received a book called What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Each student also received certificates and a 20th anniversary Space School pin badge

The University of Kent Space School, is now in its twentieth year, and is an annual staple in the School of Physical Sciences’ calendar. It is the perfect experience for any young individuals with an interest in anything Space. We are so glad that Shanen, had a great time and are so proud to be part of her exciting journey into her future career.

For further details of Space School, or to find out more about how the ENL UTC can help you to access tomorrow’s career opportunities, please follow the links below.

Student Ambassador to UTC Apprentice 2> By | Latest news | 3 Comments

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on us over the last couple of months you may have noticed that we have a new member of our team. Josh Robinson, a former sixth form student of the ENL UTC, has joined us as a Business and Marketing Apprentice, as part of an exciting 18 month apprenticeship opportunity.

Josh, who joined the year 10 cohort in 2016, originally had an interest in welding and found that he couldn’t miss out on the unique opportunity to study for an engineering qualification, alongside of gaining his GCSE’s, in an environment that has been built with the purpose of progressing young individuals into industry.

“What I enjoyed most about the school as a student, was that we got to go out and interact with local companies whilst developing our projects in the schools workshops and on specialist computer software.”

Initially a shy individual, Josh grew in confidence and over the course of the three years that he studied with us, became a recognised character amongst both staff members and industry partners. From this Josh, helped to represent the ENL UTC as a Student Ambassador at a multitude of different events from the 2018 Christmas Lights Switch On to talking on BBC Radio Humberside and meeting with local MP’s to assisting with open events!

The dedication and passion that Josh has shown towards the school has now led to an 18 month apprenticeship with Ongo and training provider CERT, where he will complete a Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing, alongside of his day-to-day duties for the Business Engagement Lead and Marketing Officer.

“I am really looking forward to developing my skills further with the ENL UTC and getting more involved in tailoring new and exciting projects for our students. My career path may have changed from being a welder but I want to be part of showcasing this industry to more young people, to help them discover their passion.”

To view some of the excellent projects Josh has been involved with in the past, see below.