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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.

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. 

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!

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.

Getting Our Students ‘Work Ready’ 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Recently CBI, the UK’s leading business organisation, released a report about getting young people ‘work ready’ and how our education system has never been more important in preparing them for the modern world.

Did you know that…

“Almost one in four young people (aged 17-23) do not feel adequately prepared by their education for the world of work.”

With almost half of all employees feeling that young individuals who enter the workplace are not well-equipped for industry, it is no wonder that there is a UK skills shortage with a pronounced STEM skills crisis. According to the Engineering UK’s 2017 State of Engineering report, “Demand for graduates for engineering roles outstrips supply: we conclude from the report, a shortfall of at least 20,000 annually (And likely higher, depending on assumptions).”

So what does work ready really mean? The CBI report describes it as “a rounded education that includes character, skills and knowledge.” These three vital skills encompasses an individual’s ability to flourish in any situation, deal with setbacks, show compassion, deal with own strengths and areas for improvement, to work well in teams, showcase leadership skills, problem-solve and to communicate efficiently. All of these and more, can be achieved through a rigorous, rich and challenging curriculum that provides the individual with the essential knowledge they need to exceed in their chosen field whilst having an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

“There is a strong role for business in helping schools to embed this, providing those real work scenarios through meaningful work experience or business people going into schools and colleges to talk about how a subject relates to the real world.”

For the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, preparing students for the working world is what we focus on every single day. So, it’s business as usual. By providing a specialist STEM education for 13-19 year olds, our aim is to deliver well-rounded students into the engineering and technology industries through an exciting, employer-shaped curriculum led by expert staff. Why? To ensure that our students gain the relevant qualifications, skills, experience and confidence needed to access tomorrow’s career opportunities.

Through our unique links and involvement with industry partners from around the region, our 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. By connecting education directly to industry, young individuals are able to gain so much more than the traditional GCSE and A Level qualifications to ensure that it’s not just a curriculum. It’s a career.

“Business knows education is about more than just qualifications. They also value character and wider skills and want young people to develop a range of skills and experiences beyond academic or technical learning.”

It is true that many young individuals are unaware of the incredible and exciting career routes that are available but at the ENL UTC, we ensure that our students are introduced to many STEM careers to broaden their mind-sets and future goals. See the image below to view just 40 STEM-based roles available.

Since opening in September 2015, we have helped to secure excellent destinations for our students, including high level engineering apprenticeships, university placements and full-time job roles; a trend that saw 100% of our 2018 summer leavers secure a successful destination!

Through our incredible careers programme that underpins everything we do here at the ENL UTC, destinations will always be our number one focus. With students developing skills that employers have explicitly requested, it is no surprise that our students go on to some great destinations and are truly ‘work ready’.

To view the full CBI report, please follow the button below.

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 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 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 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 or 01724 878 100.