Meet the Students – Leigh-J, Year 10

By 11th December 2018Students Say

Meet Leigh-J, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“Usually I like to spend time with with my friends or at home on the Xbox. Mainly I am interested in video games but I do also enjoy watching football and motorbike racing.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I decided to study at the UTC as I knew it would be a great place to gain relevant engineering qualifications as well as helping me to be noticed with local companies. It also impressed me that the schools pass rate was 75%, with an aim to increase it to 80%, so I knew I would do well here.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“In the future I would love to have an apprenticeship at a company such as Phillips 66 or Jacobs. This is because I find it easier to learn with hands-on activities and I know that they offer high-quality apprenticeships.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The UTC is really helping me to prepare for future employment as we get given in-depth information regarding different career paths. Also people regularly come in from companies to help mentor us. This helps us to be noticed around companies for any future job opportunities.”

What inspires you?

“My family inspire me. Especially my step-dad as he has worked for both Phillips 66 and Jacobs, so has a lot of experience and knowledge into the industry.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The main difference is that the UTC gives you an in-depth look into the engineering and technology industries whilst providing you with industry-standard machinery to work on and opportunities for work experience.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite thing about the UTC is being able to use the different types of machinery. On our last open evening I was able to demonstrate the CNC Lathe Machine for our visitors, and although I struggled to get the hang of it at first, by the end of the night I was really good at it!”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff are really good here and the best part is that they treat you like adults and not children. One of our Seven Consistencies, is that nobody is allowed to shout at another person, which means that staff members always talk to us in a respectful manner.

The school facilities are really good and clean which makes the workshops safe and nice to study in.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“The best thing to do is research what the school is about and if you are interested in engineering, you should definitely apply.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

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