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Robyn Houghton

Kickstart Placement at ENL UTC 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire is pleased to welcome Wiktoria, through the government’s Kickstart scheme. The programme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Wiktoria jumped at a chance for the placement after being contacted by her Scunthorpe JobCentre work coach and with their support, she was able to apply for and secure the role.

Wiktoria’s work coach Gem said: “After having a meeting with the Engineering UTC about what they are looking for from Kickstart applications, I knew that Wiktoria would be a perfect match.

“I called Wiktoria immediately to discuss the role and the potential that Kickstart can bring in terms of future opportunities. I spent time with Wiktoria discussing the best way to apply with tailoring her CV and writing a cover letter.

“I also discussed with her about video interviews, and how these differ, always thinking about the surrounds and how everything sounds.

“We came up with a plan together for her to do a practice zoom call to ensure everything was working. Wiktoria took all my advice on board and did her research about Engineering UTC and was very confident at each stage of the process.”

Wiktoria was delighted when she was shortlisted and then successful at her interview, saying: “The Kickstart scheme at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire has opened doors to a new opportunity for me.

“Having developed mild depression and anxiety, Kickstart has helped me get back on my feet and reassured me that I can further develop my skills within my career aspirations.

“I am grateful for the warm and welcoming approach of staff and I am looking forward to working these lovely and supportive people.”

Anesta McCullagh, Principal of ENL UTC, said: “Being part of the new Kickstart scheme couldn’t have run any smoother, the whole process has been flawless. Our Kickstart has joined ENL UTC with a confident start, the support we have received from our gateway has been second to none and we would highly recommend further businesses taking part!

“The opportunity to take part in the Kickstart scheme and help a young person gain the experience they need was something ENL UTC couldn’t pass up on, preparing young people for the world of work is at the heart of our provision and we are so proud to be part of this scheme.”

You can read the full story here.

New Health Sciences and Social Care Specialism 2> By | Future Careers, Latest news | No Comments

We are delighted to announce an exciting new addition to our KS3 and KS4 curriculum alongside the already popular Engineering specialism.  With the Coronavirus pandemic highlighting the importance of STEM-related skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in all their forms over the last year, we continue to play a vital role in building the local STEM skills capabilities that the country needs now and for our future workforce.  

 

Since opening our doors in September 2015, the ENL UTC has since received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, become one of the fastest growing small UTCs in the country and extended its provision to include a broader range of year groups. The new Health Sciences and Social Care specialism marks another exciting development for the ENL UTC, offering students aged 13-16 the chance to study a unique and high-quality education alongside a range of local industry experts who support the design of the curriculum.  

 

Principal, Anesta McCullagh said: “I am looking forward to expanding our unique STEM offer that will help our young people develop the sought-after skills, confidence and qualifications that will put them miles in front of others when it comes to applying for future apprenticeships, jobs and university places. We are a University Technical College which means our curriculum has at least a fifty percent technical aspect which is backed by some of the region’s best-known companies/employers including Phillips 66, Tronox, Orsted, University of Hull, ABP and ORE Catapult. We set up and train the next generation of young people in the skills that our regional economy needs. Over the last year, I think we’ve all been inspired by Scientists and the work done by the medical profession in saving lives in the global fight against this awful coronavirus pandemic. There is still a national and regional shortage in these types of health care professions, expanding our employer led technical curriculum to include Heath Science and Social Care we will be preparing young students of North Lincolnshire for careers such as midwifery, nursing, pharmacists, doctors, paramedics, health carers working with disabled people, physiotherapy to just name a few”.   

 

University of Hull Life Sciences have teamed up with ENL UTC to be able to inspire and support the next generation of health professionals entering these careers.

 

Director of Business Engagement and Careers Leader, Jennifer Vincent said: “We are super excited to launch this new specialism in partnership with Health Sciences and Social Care employers from across the Humber. We have consulted every step of the way to ensure that our students learn the core values, skills and qualifications needed in this important sector, tailoring it what our providers are looking for. It is more important now than ever before that we grow the pipeline of local talent heading into these extensive specialisms and are here to support our young people in securing their future pathway.”  

 
Jane Miller, Chief Executive of Care Plus Group said; Health and social care organisations face specific workforce challenges due to the changing health & social care needs of the population and in addition the impact of Covid-19. Care Plus Group are delighted to be working alongside the Engineering UTC to support the development of their new health and social care curriculum. This new specialism will offer opportunities for local young people to start a career within health and social care, addressing the skills gap while also supporting a pipeline of local young people into local jobs. 

  

Furthermore, Care Plus Group are absolutely thrilled to become the sixth prestige Core Industry Partner and sharing our expertise with the UTC will be an integral part of the students learning. 

 

If you are in Year 8 and would like to apply for a place from September 2021 please complete an application, we have limited places available. Free registration is now open and can be found by visiting www.enlutc.co.uk/apply  

Safer Internet Day 2021 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Safer Internet Day 2021: Fact or Fiction?

Safer Internet Day is here once again and this year, the theme is ‘An Internet We Trust: Exploring Reliability in the Online World’.

Every year, Safer Internet Day provides the perfect opportunity to reflect and assess our online habits, both during personal use and for school or work and it’s more important now than ever, to be able to separate fact from fiction whilst building knowledge and confidence in the online world.

We have put together some top tips as a reminder of how you can make sure you are remaining safe online and how to separate real news and fake news.

What is fake news?

Fake news can be false information, photos or videos purposefully created to confuse or misinform. It can also be genuine information that has been manipulated to deceive. It’s important to learn how we can identify something we see online that may not be true.

Question the source

The best way to check if what you are reading is reliable, is to try and confirm the online information using other websites, this may help you make a judgement on whether the information they are sharing is trustworthy. The more sources that say the same thing, the more likely it is that the information can be trusted.

Read further than the headline

Most fake news articles, blog posts and social posts tend to always feature something called ‘click-bait’. This is when the headline (mainly what you see on Facebook before clicking into the link) and can be used to twist the truth, knowing most readers do not read further to find more information. Try and understand if what you are reading sounds too good to be true, or if it sounds more like an opinion than a fact.

Is it genuine?

Take time to think about the things you see online and how they are presented to you, is this a celebrity promoting a product? Is it an outstanding review on a product? Chances are that this celebrity may have been paid to promote this brand and the reviews you are reading may not be genuine, but in fact a paid collaboration.

Talk it through

It can be hard to know what to do about false or misleading content online, but if you do see something that is concerning, this needs to be reported in the appropriate way, if you are unsure what this looks like then speak to a trusted adult. Talking it through with someone who supports you can help you feel less alone and could lead to small steps towards the information being removed.

UK Safer Internet Centre have a wide range of great tips for different age ranges available here.