As I watch the news each day it appears that society is constantly surrounded by mounting media attention focused on COVID, politics and out of control energy prices. Whilst we can’t get away from this news at the UTC, it does, for the most part, feel like a tranquil space where staff and students can escape the pressures of the ‘outside’ world and focus on what we do best, learn.
As pressure eases from the restrictions of COVID we are able to spread our wings a little and return to our core values and implement our vision: ‘Working together to develop the skills for success in industry and university’.
We are constantly developing new industry links in readiness for work experience, later this academic year for year 10 and 12, as well as for the newly developing Technical Level qualifications that will start within the engineering department in September 2022. Some of our new contacts within local industry that we are working with are: Bifrangi UK, HGL Dynamics, Greenray Turbine Solutions, Linwave Technology, Lincolnshire Food Partnership and Telegynee2v Technologies. I am excited to see these links develop over the next few months.
We have also had many opportunities come our way in the form of potential apprenticeships, from the NHS Allied Trust, the Engineering Development Trust (identifying routes into STEM careers), Anglian Water and Rolls Royce (degree level apprenticeship). These kinds of opportunities are often communicated through our parent Facebook page as well as details emailed directly to our students.
On Wednesday 23rd February I will be attending Coventry University with 15 students that will be participating in taster sessions. These include Motorsport Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Dynamics and Electronic Engineering. Watch this space for more university taster days!
We have worked very hard to ensure that the skiing trip to Sestriere goes ahead as planned even in light of government guidance changing in Italy on a weekly basis. Students will be ‘on the piste’ by the time you read this newsletter.
A date for your calendar…in the summer we will be running a year 10 outward-bound trip to North Wales, Ogwen Cottage, from 18th to 22nd July. The trip is being heavily subsidised by the Outward-Bound Trust and Lincoln UTC resulting in a very reasonable cost to each student of £150. Year 10 students will already know about this opportunity from the assembly held by myself on Wednesday 9th Feb. Interest will, I predict, be high for this trip. Please ask your son/ daughter to pick up information from Mr Clifton on their return back to the UTC following the half term break.
Talking of the half term break… have a lovely, well-earned break!
Stay safe and take care,