Olivia has secured a position with British Steel following a long application process, which involved a numerical test, assessment centre and interview.
Olivia joined the UTC after completing her GCSEs at Outwood Foxhills Academy and studied the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Engineering. Throughout her time at the UTC, Olivia participated in many activities to develop her skills and experience. She was part of the Student Leadership Team; organised various events at the UTC, such as the Women in Engineering event featuring Nicky Morgan MP due to her passion for supporting women in STEM subjects. She also participated in an engineering workshop for year 7-9 students at St Lawrence Academy. For her industry led work, Olivia gained a CCSNG Health and Safety passport; a two-day industry recognised health and safety qualification which was sponsored by our industry partners Jacobs and ECITB. In addition, she attended lunch invitations with a company representative and board member from our industry partner Phillips 66.
Olivia’s efforts have made a tangible impact at the UTC and so she has been recognised through a nomination for the Outstanding Year 12 Student award for her hard work and positive attitude, and she also won an award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology for the Humber Local Network, a local prize for student excellence. She was also successfully named joint Outstanding Year 13 Student at the end of this academic year.
Why did you choose to study at the UTC?
My sister chose to study her GCSE’s here when it first opened. She spoke so highly of the college and found her time here rewarding, beneficial and enjoyable so I felt it was the best place for me too.
What was your favourite thing about the UTC?
My favourite aspect was the variety of opportunities and projects to get involved in. Opportunities such as attending events to meet local companies and having hands-on experience with our subjects through different companies.
How did the UTC help you get where you are now?
The UTC helped me gain interview experience. The opportunities to meet other people in industry and current apprentices allowed me to gain an understanding of the companies and its roles, which helped through the stages of applying for apprenticeships and successfully securing a role at British Steel.
How do you find being a woman in STEM?
Being a woman in STEM and the only female in my year group allowed me to inspire younger girls who were interested in engineering. At the UTC it was a great environment because I had the same opportunities and experiences as the boys.