IT experts give Ron Dearing UTC students valuable industry skills and experience

Computer science students at Ron Dearing UTC are working alongside the school’s IT experts to learn up-to-the-minute practical skills and gain industry standard experience.

Jupiter IT Solutions manages the school’s IT infrastructure and provides a managed IT service with an engineer based on site.

Students are being given the chance to shadow the engineer and help provide technical support to the UTC on a rota basis.

They are learning how to solve software and hardware issues, how to strip laptops and are carrying out laptop, keyboard and screen repairs, as well as learning more about how computer networks operate and the role computer servers play in a working environment.

Dan Gladstone, Managing Partner at Hessle-based Jupiter IT Solutions, said: “Shadowing our engineers gives the students chance to gain real life, hands-on IT experience outside the classroom.

Hugh Boughton, Operations Manager at Ron Dearing UTC and Dan Gladstone, Managing Partner at Jupiter IT Solutions, with Year 10 students Giacomo Davis and Annabel Gregg, both 15.


“They can watch how repairs are done and benefit from crucial IT engineering and technical knowledge. IT moves so quickly and we’re at the coalface of ever-changing technology, so we’re in a strong position to offers students practical experience which they can apply in the real world.

“They could walk into a managed service provider business or somewhere with a large scale IT department in the future and hit the ground running straight away because they’ve been exposed to real life IT scenarios you simply can’t replicate in a classroom.

“It’s not just about how technically gifted you are when it comes to IT – it’s also about your attitude and the client. We can teach students how to consider the end user and assess what’s in their best interests.”

Dan said equipping students with these vital skills will help towards plugging shortages within the industry, enabling other IT businesses to benefit.

He said: “By supporting Ron Dearing students in this way, we’re helping other companies to deliver a more efficient IT service because they will have the skills and knowledge required.

“There is a skills gap within the industry and it’s increasingly difficult to recruit to IT engineering roles, so this will hopefully support that.”

Jupiter IT Solutions, which employs 14 people, held workshops for Ron Dearing UTC students to learn more about the importance of cyber security, making them aware of the dangers which can critically affect businesses.

Dan Gladstone, Managing Partner at Hessle-based Jupiter IT Solutions, working with Giacomo Davis and Annabel Gregg.


The team also reviewed modules studied by the students to ensure this element of the curriculum is as relevant as possible to the rapidly changing tech industry.

Year 10 student Giacomo Davis, 15, is studying computer science, which focuses on computer systems architecture and coding, and plans to pursue the subject at A-level.

He said: “It’s really good that we can shadow the engineers because hands-on learning is much better than purely learning in the classroom. Computers are the future and these are important skills to have.”

Fellow Year 10 student Annabel Gregg, 15, said: “I’d like to go into software development in the future and I want to learn as much as possible. Gaining these skills now will help us stand out from the crowd and shows we’re willing to learn.”

Hugh Boughton, Operations Manager at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “It’s fantastic for our students to have hands-on technical experience and brings learning to life as they tackle real life IT problems or queries.

“It’s experience like this which will give students the edge as they think about their next steps after leaving school and has sparked a real interest among those who have been involved so far.”

Ron Dearing UTC student offered place at Jimmy Choo’s London fashion academy

A student at Hull’s employer-led school has been offered a highly sought-after place at a prestigious academy launched by world-famous designer Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.

Sanziana Vetis, 18, has been offered the exciting opportunity to become a potential future fashion leader at JCA London Fashion Academy in the heart of Mayfair.

If Sanziana achieves the required A-level and technical qualification grades, she will study for a BA (Hons) Fashion: Design, Branding and Entrepreneurship degree over three years from September.

Ron Dearing UTC student Sanziana Vetis has been offered a place at JCA London Fashion Academy.


Sanziana, who is studying Digital Media and Art at Ofsted “Outstanding”-rated Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC), will relocate to the capital for the design-led practical course.

JCA London Fashion Academy is named after bespoke shoemaker Jimmy Choo, whose business was founded in the 1990s and grew to become a leading global luxury brand with devoted followers among the celebrity jet set.

As well as being the figurehead of JCA London Fashion Academy, Jimmy Choo is also the academy’s Creative Director and uses his knowledge and expertise to underpin the concepts behind its courses.

The course Sanziana has been offered a place on provides students with detailed insight into creating garments and their own contemporary fashion collections, arming them with the skills to succeed in the fashion industry.

It offers graduates the tools they need to establish themselves as fashion freelancers, small luxury brand operators or set up their own businesses.

Year 13 student Sanziana, who joined Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10, said: “I’m so happy and excited for the future. I’ve always been interested in fashion and I knew I wanted to apply to JCA as soon as I heard about it from my art teacher, Lynn.

“I worked long and hard perfecting my portfolio and decided to create a website about myself and my fashion-based projects, rather than a standard digital presentation, as part of my application, as I wanted to show I have something special.

Sanziana Vetis outside JCA London Fashion Academy.


“I had an interview with a senior member of staff via Zoom soon after and I squealed with delight when I found out I’d been offered a place. I was at school when I received the email and everyone was so happy for me.”

Sanziana is also looking forward to learning more about fashion sustainability and carrying out research to complete her own projects.

She said: “I chose this particular degree because it will help me to build my own fashion line, business and brand.

“There’s a shop next door to the academy where we can sell what we make, which could be anything from a ballgown to bags or shoes.

“The only time I’ve been to London was on a school art trip recently and we went to have a look at the academy from the outside while we were there, which was brilliant.

“I don’t believe I would have had this amazing opportunity without the support of my teachers at Ron Dearing UTC. They care about your future, help you to grow and make you feel valued and supported.”

Lynn Garland-Collins, Senior Assistant Principal and Director of Creativity at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “This is an unbelievable opportunity for Sanziana and she has worked extremely hard to pursue her dream of going into the fashion industry.

“We can’t wait to attend one of her fashion shows in the future and follow her progress. She is destined for great things and we’re incredibly proud of her.”