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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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  • Helen Olden / Spacesuit Media
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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!

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

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we have spoken to the RAF to discuss what their apprenticeships can offer within a unique and challenging career.

What type of apprenticeship scheme do you offer?

There are plenty of apprenticeships to choose from in the RAF, with the right one all depending on your passion, skills and future career ambitions. Joining the RAF, whether in a full time position or as an apprentice, comes with plenty of benefits including;

  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • Training

Apprentices in the RAF

An apprenticeship in the Royal Air Force offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. Not only will you can a professional qualification that’s recognised in the civilian world, you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field once you’ve completed it. You’ll receive the very best training and as well as getting paid to learn, you’ll get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform and important role in the RAF.

Engineering in the RAF

Engineers in the RAF are essential for the success of each mission. They help look after and fix all the aircraft communications network and high-tech equipment required to support operations in the air, making sure aircrafts like the Typhoon are ready to fly at a moment’s notice in case of need. This means you could be working on: Aircraft Maintenance, Information Technology Systems, Data Networks, Ground Support Vehicles, Weapons Technology or Survival Equipment.

Interested? To find out more about a career within the RAF, follow the links below.

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

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, our industry partner Orsted talk about attracting new talent and what they look for in a future apprentice.

What are your thoughts on apprenticeships? 

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

What type of apprenticeship scheme do you offer?

We develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms and are a global leader in the offshore industry, so our apprenticeship programme is a mix of classroom based learning and practical on site and offshore experience that equips individuals with the skills and knowledge they need for their future career as wind turbine technicians. The apprenticeship programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get a foothold in a new, exciting industry.

The wind turbine technician apprenticeship scheme is currently in its second year and there are six apprentices based out of the Orsted Grimsby office. The apprentices are classroom based for their first year as they work towards their ‘Maintenance and Engineering Technician (MOET)’ Level 3 BTEC in engineering qualification. Whilst apprentices spend their second year onsite/offshore with some classroom based learning and their third year fully embedded in the teams going offshore operating and maintaining wind turbines.

What do you look for in future applicants?

We look for individuals who have;

    • 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 IT equipment
    • A positive and pro-active attitude
    • High attention to detail
    • 3 x GCSE grades A-C including English, Maths and Science

So if you have a passion for green energy and want to find out more information regarding the exciting opportunities available, follow the link below.

NAW 2019 – British Steel 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, our industry partner British Steel have talked about how apprenticeships can help young individuals to gain direct access into their dream engineering career.

What are your thoughts on apprenticeships? 

Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn skills about engineering whilst getting the benefits of working as well. They are a good way for young people to get into engineering careers as they give them a good grounding.

By working closely and partnering with the ENL UTC all year round, we are helping to generate the engineers of the future by equipping them with all of the industry skills and knowledge they need for the next stage in their lives.

Does British Steel offer an apprenticeship scheme?

British Steel offer exciting apprenticeship opportunities in both Electrical and Mechanical engineering, with applications now open for Sept 2019 start! By visiting our website (link below) you can discover further information and potential future prospects to kick start your career in engineering.

What do you look for in future applicants?

We definitely look for people who are keen and enthusiastic, have a passion for engineering and want to learn! We can teach the skills but they definitely need to have that initial drive and willingness to learn.

If you’re interested in working for an exciting company as a Electrical or Mechanical Engineer, follow the link below to find out more.

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

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, our industry partner Airco has given their views on why apprenticeships are so important, not just for the individual but for the industry too.

Do you believe that apprenticeships are beneficial? 

Apprenticeships are certainly worthwhile for earning whilst learning! Many employers in this region prefer to have their younger workforce practising their ‘on the job’ skills at the same time as gaining a meaningful qualification. Or alternatively, providing their own graduation schemes. We feel that it is much more beneficial to gain an apprenticeship, as it is much more difficult to gain employment after university.

However, we do believe that learners should look for the New Apprenticeship Standard qualifications, Level 3 or a Higher Level/Degree apprenticeship, to gain more opportunities.

What apprenticeship scheme do you offer? 

We, as a training provider offer the new standard in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems Engineering Technician (RACHP). This is a three year, Level 3 qualification and it is essentially a multi-skilled course. This means it covers a number of skills required in engineering including Electrical. Some companies, such as Sewell Group send their FM apprentices to us, simply for that reason alone.

We also train apprentices from Airco and other companies.

It is academically rigorous and includes full time work and attending College in 1 or 2 week blocks. The course has both theoretical and practical Units. It is demanding and learners have to balance full time work (which can include ‘being on call’ and working away), time in College, revision, monthly assignments to be completed outside of College, online tests and so on.

What do you look for in applicants? 

The requirements for our apprenticeships are GCSE 4/5 and above in English and Maths and similar in Science (One employer asks for 6’s across all subjects!). The apprenticeship starts in September of each year and because of the nature of RAC the learners do not usually attend College during the summer months.

Therefore, candidates have to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours. I have attached a very brief summary of the type of qualities they have to evidence.

To discover more about Airco Apprenticeships or for tips and advice on the knowledge, skills and behaviour covered within a professional interview, please follow the links below.

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

It’s officially National Apprenticeship Week 2019, and we are here to celebrate all the fantastic opportunities that apprenticeships can offer.

The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from Monday 4th to Friday 8th March, is an annual celebration that brings together the whole apprenticeship community to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Blaze a Trail’, that comes as the DFE (Department for Education, continues to challenge ‘outdated attitudes’ towards vocational, on-the-job training. The ‘Blaze a Trail’ theme will feature heavily throughout the week to highlight how individuals can choose their own pathway, based on their passion and interests.

The Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, provides an exciting, employer-shaped curriculum that allows students to gain much more than their GCSE and A Level qualifications. Through expert staff members and unique links and involvement with industry partners from around the region, students are able to explore, evaluate and justify the best solutions to real-world engineering problems whilst gaining support and advice from a variety of different employers; from further education and industry experts to careers guidance. ENL UTC students are truly able to ‘Blaze a Trail’ by discovering their passion within STEM-based subjects that lead them directly to the front of their chosen career queue.

Throughout the year, students are introduced to the industry through a variety of events and activities that include;

  • Site visits
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Business lunches
  • Work placements
  • Mock interviews
  • Health and safety talks
  • Open events

and much more!

Through our unique links and involvement with industry partners, students have the equally unique opportunity to be fast tracked into interviews and apprenticeships for fantastic opportunities within a number of exciting industries.

To find out more about how we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up-to-date with all the latest news. Or alternatively, you can discover more about the opportunities available at the UTC by attending our upcoming open event.

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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.