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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.

New Community Partnership 2> By | Latest news | One Comment

We are delighted to announce our new friendship and community partnership with Messingham Martial Arts, as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver well-rounded, confident students into the engineering & technology industries. This new friendship will help to inspire and motivate our students to achieve their goals through STEM-based learning and high quality exercises, whilst building on their confidence, life skills, discipline, respect and much more!

Master Stuart Usher, founder and chief instructor at Messingham MA, has a number of incredible achievements under his (master) black belt such as; BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 2017, Chief Instructor of the British Taekwondo Association (one of the oldest in the UK) and British Martial Arts Community Based Instructor of the Year Runner-up 2018! However, during the day Mr Usher is also an Electrical Engineer at British Steel in Scunthorpe with many years of experience within this popular field. His passion and commitment to both the engineering industry and Martial Arts community will help to incorporate the ENL UTC STEM-based learning into physical activities. The benefits of this for students will increase their ability to not only strengthen their bodies but to also retain and understand the importance of STEM concepts.

This new-found community partnership is part of our exciting, continued growth and development to provide our students with the best possible start to their future career by connecting with local industries and experts.

To find out more about Messingham Martial Arts and the classes available, please follow the link below.

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

We are proud to present to you our roundup from Autumn Term 2. 

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

From extending our fast-growing school and impressive mock exam results, to industry partner visits and community events, 2018 was a successful year! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the academic year brings.

To find out more, please follow the link below! 

Commit to Confidence 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Having worked with Enabling Enterprise since 2017, our students have taken part in fast-paced, work related Challenge Days that introduce them to the eight Essential Skills needed for their future development.

To find out more about how our students got on, please follow the link below.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

2 days, 6 challenges, 36 students and 42 teams later, we are delighted to have been part of the Secondary School Enterprise Masterclasses, in conjunction with The Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018!

Running from the Monday 12th to Sunday 18th November, the Entrepreneurship Network has been designed to help millions of people unleash their ideas to start new businesses. The campaign originated in 2008 with an aim to make it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business by fostering deeper collaboration between entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organisations. By helping individuals find practical support, inspiration and local networking communities, it helps to fuel healthier starts and scaling ecosystems that create more jobs, education, innovation and a stronger economic growth.

The Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, continuously encourages our students to learn invaluable skill sets such as leadership, creative thinking, team work, strategic planning and communication, that can be transferred across all industries for their future career destinations. Throughout the academic year, our Year 10 students will be working alongside of Young Enterprise, to design and build their own business concept. For Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 four groups of students, across two days, attended the Enterprise Masterclasses to further assist with their business ideas.

Hosted at Craven Park, the home of Hull Kingston Rovers R.F.C, schools from around the area competed in team-building challenges to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test. Throughout the day students heard from many inspiring individuals who have successfully started their own business. People such as Cloie from CRH Couture, Robin from CFG, Ben from Hull Prehistoric, Ross from Engaging Education and Adam Corbally, finalist in season 8 of The Apprentice, all gave their honest insight into the highs and lows of starting up their business.

Throughout the day, students competed in challenges such as;

  • An ice breaker, where they had to build a structure out of newspaper and tape that was tall and wide enough to allow a football to pass through, and strong enough to hold a substantial weight on the top
  • Heads and tails enterprise quiz
  • Planning an event that would be held at the KCOM Craven Park to attract a brand new audience. The teams had to consider the fundamentals of the event including; funding, budget, marketing, clever use of space and their target audience, that would be pitched to individual judges throughout the afternoon
  • Delivering a one minute video pitch based on their event idea
  • For the six teams who were shortlisted based on their event ideas, these teams had to deliver a two minute pitch in front of a panel of judges

We’re very pleased to announce that on day one, the ENLUTC team won the ice breaker challenge, whilst on day two our ENLUTC team we’re one of the six teams shortlisted to present their idea to a team of judges!

Congratulations to all teams involved throughout both days!

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available at the ENLUTC, why not visit our website www.enlutc.co.uk or contact us on info@enlutc.co.uk to arrange a tour of our facilities?

Nine Celebrities Who Studied Engineering 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

You will know them best for donning red carpet events or starring in hit TV shows and films, but these celebrities also have a hidden talent – STEM based degrees and qualifications!

If you’re considering a future within the engineering or technology industries why not take some inspiration from these world-famous faces. Whilst we can’t guarantee you will become a celebrity, we can guarantee you an exciting career path!

Bill Nye, Comedian (The Science Guy)
Currently known world-wide as “Bill Nye the Science Guy”, it was actually his background in Mechanical Engineering that helped him realise his comedy prowess. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Bill headed to Seattle to work for Boeing, where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor still used to date in the 747! He once stated in an interview that due to his fascination with aviation and space he applied to be a NASA astronaut several times but was unfortunately rejected each time. During his time in Seattle, Bill entered a Steve Martin look-a-like contest that eventually led to his appearances on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central. Although he gave up his day job for comedy, his love for science and engineering still lives on.

Dolph Lundgrun, Actor (Rocky IV, The Expendables 2)
Before we knew him as Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboas 6’5” opponent, Dolph studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Not just once either, Dolph actually holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Chemical Engineering and was studying at MIT on a Fullbright Scholarship before he decided to quit to pursue acting.

Rowan Atkinson, Actor (Mr. Bean, Johnny English)
Rowan Atkinson, one of Britains most loved comedians, actors and writers obtained a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University in 1975, just three years before beginning his long-spanning career.

Whilst studying at The Queen’s College in Oxford, to work towards his MSc in Electrical Engineering, Rowan pursued acting on the side with a variety of clubs, including the Oxford University Dramatic Society and the Oxford Revue as well as the Experimental Theatre Group. It’s here that he was bitten by the acting bug and decided to forgo his career as an engineer.

Donald Sutherland, Actor (Hunger Games)
Before he made Katniss Everdeen suffer in the Hunger Game trilogy, Donald Sutherland graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Usually being admired by younger actors due to his long-spanning 50 year career, Donald previously studied heat and mass balances that can inspire younger generations of engineers.

Teri Hatcher, Actress (Desperate Housewives)
Before Wisteria Lane made Teri Hatcher one of the highest pad TV actresses, she was able to answer a lot of complicated math questions. Whilst studying at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Teri was also taking a degree course in Mathematics and Engineering at De Anza College in California.

Kalpana Chawla, American Astronaut
Born in Karnal, India. Kalpana completed an Aeronautical Engineering degree at Punjab Engineering College, before, pursuing further studies in the US. After joining NASA, she became the first Indian-American and the first Indian woman in space.

Despite her tragic death in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, her determination and curiosity ensure that she still remains an inspiring figure for the next generation of young engineers.

Rahul Mandal, The Great British Bake Off Winner 2018
Rahul Mandal, is best known for being crowned as this year’s GBBO winner but during the day is better known as Dr Rahul Madal, an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Born in India, Rahul came to the UK in 2010 on a scholarship to study for his PhD in Optical Metrology at Loughborough University. He joined the Nuclear AMRC in 2015, to develop innovative automated techniques for inspecting components for any contamination or flaw.

Upon winning he stated “Quite a lot of guys and boys at school – they think they can’t bake. Anyone can do it. Baking is a science. It’s a mixture of physics, chemistry and engineering.” With his research specialising in light-based measurement of engineering components, Rahul started baking cakes for his colleagues only two years prior to his Channel 4 success.

Alfred Hitchcock, Director
Famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock, was schooled in engineering before entering the film industry. He graduated from the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation before looking to the suspense and physiological thriller genres. Hitchcock’s detailed practice of meticulously drawing scenes and his ability to think like an engineer allowed him to not only work out whatever technical problems that arised but also helped him work to strict deadlines, plan ahead and mix creative thinking with practical application. Perhaps his transferable skills from engineering was what made his movies so memorable.

Oti Mabuse, Professional Dancer (BBC Strictly Come Dancing)
Whilst we all know and love Oti for her position as a professional dancer on BBCs Strictly Come Dancing, her first career destination was to become a Civil Engineer! Before finding her love of dance, Oti graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology, with a goal to help design irrigation systems for hartebeespoort dam and RDP in Garankuwa.

However, her passion for dancing became evident as she went on to win several South African Latin American Championships, various German dance championships and came second in the European Championship Latin, before joining the BBC. Oti still recalls her time of studying civil engineering as a contributing factor to the ambitious woman she is today.

To find out more information about where the world of engineering can lead you, why not contact our team for a personal tour of our facilities on 01724 878100 or info@enlutc.co.uk.