Scholarship programme launch by UTC

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 May 2018

Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire is offering a new four-year engineering pre-apprenticeship scholarship programme which starts in September.

The college in Scunthorpe is working with industry partners to give students extra opportunities such as masterclasses, site visits, work experience placements and mentoring.

The scheme is backed British Steel, Pepperells, Airco, Cristal, Phillips 66, RAF, Jacobs and the University of Hull.

The programme will be launched at the college’s next open event, which takes place on Wednesday, 23rd May.

Principal Marc Doyle said completing the scholarship would give students an advantage by helping them successfully move on to the next stage of their lives on leaving college.

“The aim of the programme is to supplement the traditional curriculum by delivering well-rounded students with increased industry awareness, work-ready skills and the confidence to successfully transition into work or university,” he said.

The scholarship is open to students in years 10 to 13 at the Ofsted rated ‘good’ college, and will include application writing, essential employability skills and industry knowledge.

Principal of Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, Marc Doyle

Industry partners involved in the programme have also set aside a number of guaranteed interview places for apprenticeship roles exclusively for ENL UTC scholarship students.

Mr Doyle said: “With approximately 1,000 applications per apprenticeship vacancy, this puts our students at an advantage and increases their chances of getting their desired job.

“Our education associate, The University of Hull, has also guaranteed conditional offers for selected undergraduate courses.”

Read more: Scunthorpe college praised by Ofsted after its first-ever inspection

On successful completion of their scholarship, students will graduate with a certificate at a special ceremony. They will also have a strong personalised portfolio and an A-Level qualification in extended project, which gives students the chance to work on a task of their choice.

The launch of the scholarship programme follows the success of industry connections for former students like Matthew Boden, who secured a route into work with an apprenticeship at UTC industry partner, Cristal.

Matthew Boden, who secured a route into work with an apprenticeship at UTC industry partner, Cristal

Mark Booth, senior specialist in technical training at Cristal, said: “From the beginning of my involvement with ENL UTC, Matthew came to my attention early on for his personal nature and enthusiastic approach.

“When I first started to get involved with the UTC, I was using it as an opportunity to find out about the UTC for myself and any help I could offer.

“Once my involvement increased and I got to know the staff and students, I realised the scale of potential to be tapped into and unlocked, not only for Cristal but also for the Humber region industry.

“The passion and commitment from all involved – staff, students and industry – can only go from strength to strength and develop the UTC into an industry-driven pool of focused, career-ready and passionate apprentices and employees of the future.”

To join the scholarship programme, students must apply for a place at the UTC by 18th July.

Applications for the programme will be open at the open event which takes place on Wednesday, 23rd May from 6pm to 9pm. Booking for the open event is not required but visitors are encouraged to register their interested in advance online at https://www.enlutc.co.uk/eventbrite/.



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