Baroness Bottomley visits Ron Dearing UTC after praising school’s ‘remarkable success’

Ron Dearing UTC has hosted a visit by the Chancellor of the University of Hull and former Cabinet minister Baroness Bottomley.

The former Health Secretary and National Heritage Secretary visited the school to meet students and tour our amazing facilities.


Baroness Bottomley is a proactive advocate of technical and vocational education and was a close friend of Lord Ron Dearing, after whom the school is named.  She is also a friend of Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which champions the UTC movement.

Baroness Bottomley recently participated in a debate in the House of Lords when she spoke passionately about the huge benefits of technical education and named Ron Dearing UTC as an example of good practice.

In her speech, Baroness Bottomley described Ron Dearing UTC as a “most remarkable success”, with the support and active involvement of leading businesses a vital element.

“There is strong local business investment and involvement and the business leaders provide time and resources,” she told the House of Lords. “The curriculum is not just intended to get someone a job but is much broader, developing the whole person – and this is only the beginning.”

A link to the transcript of the debate can be found here.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “It was a pleasure and a great honour to host Baroness Bottomley’s visit.  She was extremely impressed by our students, who all spoke articulately and enthusiastically about their experience of Ron Dearing UTC and how they feel it is helping them to prepare for carers in the engineering, tech and creative industries.”

The University of Hull is a Founding Partner and Lead Educational Partner of Ron Dearing UTC and Baroness Bottomley’s visit is the latest recognition of Ron Dearing UTC’s reputation as a leader in employer-led education.

Huge demand for places will see Ron Dearing UTC hit capacity a year ahead of schedule

Ron Dearing UTC will reach its full capacity in September 2020, a year ahead of schedule, due to strong demand for places.

Almost 1,000 prospective Year 10 and Year 12 students, their parents or carers have attended two recent Open Events at the school, with the hope of securing a place next year.

The school’s senior team had originally predicted full capacity of 600 students would be reached by September 2021, but continuing strong demand for places and having a full and strong teaching team in place ahead of schedule means it will hit the target 12 months before that date.

Ron Dearing UTC opened its doors in September 2017 and the first three years have all been oversubscribed. Just 300 places are currently available for September 2020 and 275 external applications have already been received.

The final Open Event for the September 2020 intake will take place on Thursday, January 16, from 6pm to 8pm and interested students and their parents are being urged not to miss out.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We could have hit capacity earlier, but it was important we grew the staff team. We have an amazingly strong, high-quality teaching team now and that means we will hit 600 by September 2020, one year early.

“We’re delighted at what we have achieved over the last two years. We’re most proud of pioneering a different approach to education and that everyone is buying into it.”

Ron Dearing UTC works in partnership with many of Hull’s leading businesses to equip 14 to 19-year-olds with the knowledge and skills to give them the edge as they make their way into employment.

Visitors to the latest Open Event were told 94% of last year’s Year 11 students stayed on in the school’s Sixth Form this year, while 99% of parents and carers stated they would recommend Ron Dearing UTC.


Kingsley Abel, 13, who hopes to join Year 10 in September, and his mother, Tiffani Taylor, find out about Ron Dearing UTC from former student George Mellonby, who is now a Commercial Apprentice with Spencer Group.


Kingsley Abel, 13, who hopes to join Year 10 in September 2020, attended with his mother, Tiffani Taylor.

He said: “I really like making things and I want to go into engineering. I think it’s a great school and I even came for a look around last year because I was so interested.

“There are more opportunities for me here and the Open Event gave me a more visible idea of what is on offer. It is useful because you can learn a lot from talking to students and the employer partners.”

Tiffani added: “I really want Kingsley to come to Ron Dearing UTC because the learning style is totally different and it sets young people up for the future, preparing them for the world of work.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC students George Mellonby and Matthew Hunter are now apprentices with Spencer Group and returned to the school to tell visitors to the latest Open Event how they got the edge in the competition for jobs.


Highlighting the school’s vision, values and excellent support and guidance on offer, Sarah told attendees how Ron Dearing UTC’s pioneering education model was a huge success, proved by outstanding GCSE, A-level and technical qualification results published for the first time this year.

She added: “We want to develop well-rounded individuals who love coming to school. We want the right students here because we are right for them – those who will benefit from being here and who will maximise the opportunities available to them.”

Students who wish to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 next September should register by January 31. Applications can still be made after that date, but earlier applications will be considered first. Students wishing to apply for Year 12 places can continue to apply until the end of August.

  • To register for the January 16 Open Event, download an application form, or find out more, click here.

Scholarships help former Ron Dearing UTC students thrive at the University of Hull

Two former Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) students are thriving at the University of Hull, having been awarded scholarships to support them in their studies.

Jacob Harrison and Joely Rhodes, both 18, joined Hull’s employer-led school as Year 12 Sixth Form students when it opened its doors in 2017 and excelled in their chosen subjects.

After achieving exceptional grades, they were successful in applying to join the University of Hull and were awarded scholarships, becoming the first students from one of three UTCs partnered with the university to benefit from the opportunity.

Jacob was awarded a £4,000 Achievement Scholarship to support him in his Biomedical Engineering degree, while Joely secured a £2,000 Merit Scholarship for her degree in Pure Chemistry.

Jacob has high functioning Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism which means he sees, hears and feels the world differently to others, often finding busy environments, social interaction with others, and change can cause him considerable anxiety.

But, having achieved two Distinction* and a Distinction in his OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering at Ron Dearing UTC, Jacob said he was determined to show how his condition was no barrier to success.

Jacob Harrison has overcome Asperger Syndrome to excel at Ron Dearing UTC and progress to the University of Hull, where he is studying for a Biomedical Engineering degree, supported by an Achievement Scholarship.


He said: “The teachers at Ron Dearing UTC make the difference and they treat everyone as an individual. They really helped me to come out of my shell.

“My mother has always told me that Asperger Syndrome is not a disability, it’s a gift, and I have used it to the best of my academic possibilities. It was a hindrance in the past, but not anymore.

“I think this is a really good way of showing your condition doesn’t define you; you define your condition.

“This scholarship will help to pay for my books and the rest can be saved, or used for my degree. Going to university is the next step of my journey and I’m excited about what the future will bring.”

Joely achieved a Distinction* in Creative Digital in addition to A-levels in Maths and Chemistry to gain her place at the University of Hull and be awarded the Merit Scholarship.

She said she was thoroughly enjoying her Pure Chemistry studies and aspires to work in pharmaceutical research in the future, in particular cancer and drug research after her grandmother Anne died following a cancer diagnosis four years ago.

Joely Rhodes has progressed from Ron Dearing UTC to the University of Hull and has secured a Merit Scholarship to support for her Pure Chemistry degree studies.


Joely, who has bought her first car thanks to the scholarship, said: “This type of research means a lot to my family and I want to contribute to the battle against cancer.

“I was originally due to go to the University of Leeds to study Medicinal Chemistry, but joining the University of Hull instead and receiving the scholarship has been a real boost.

“I absolutely love university life, I love chemistry and I’m really enjoying myself.”

Joely said Ron Dearing UTC had helped to prepare her for university life and her future career.

She said: “Ron Dearing UTC is a really professional environment and it builds you up to become more confident and motivated.

“The school instilled workplace values in us and that has really helped me with speaking to people at different levels.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC students Jacob Harrison and Joely Rhodes in the laboratories at the University of Hull, with UTC Principal Sarah Pashley, left, and Karen Arundel, the university’s UTC Partnerships Manager.


Ron Dearing UTC in Hull city centre caters for students aged between 14 and 19 from Hull and the East Riding and offers a unique, employer-driven education model, with a specialist focus on digital technology, digital engineering and creative digital.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said Jacob and Joely were shining examples of what the school’s students can achieve.

She said: “Jacob and Joely’s results were absolutely outstanding and what they have achieved is incredible.

“When Jacob came here, he wouldn’t enter the conference centre. But when he left, he was presenting to 200 people there, including his fellow students and employers. That shows how comfortable he felt in the environment we create within the school.

“Joely has done exceptionally well too and I’m delighted to see them both progressing so well in their university lives.

“People at this school accept everybody for who they are and understand people have different challenges and strengths. They let each other be themselves and support them to realise their potential.”

Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners are the University of Hull and leading local employers KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew and Spencer Group. The school is also supported by Hull City Council and many other industry partners.

Karen Arundel, UTC Partnerships Manager at the University of Hull, said: “Everyone is delighted for Jacob and Joely. They have done amazingly well.

“They are the first students from any of the three UTCs we are partnered with to be awarded scholarships. We are thrilled Jacob and Joely have joined us as they continue their learning journeys.”

Pictures: Neil Holmes Photography.

Programme inspires students to embrace Hull’s cultural offerings

Year 10 and 11 students at Ron Dearing UTC are being rewarded for embracing culture and broadening their experiences outside the classroom.

The school’s Culture Vulture programme was launched at the start of the academic year and encourages students to make the most of Hull and East Yorkshire’s cultural opportunities, including visiting art galleries, museums, theatres, sports events and festivals.

The school team circulates details of events to students through its weekly update to parents and students. In turn, students receive bronze, silver or gold awards based on the number of venues and events they visit.

Activities are completed by students in their own time, in addition to cultural events supported by the school. For example, all Year 10 and 11 students recently attended Blood Brothers at Hull New Theatre, which contributed to the Culture Vulture programme.

Year 10 student Makenzie Bailey receives his Culture Vulture bronze award from Vice Principal Mark Ollerenshaw.

Vice Principal Mark Ollerenshaw said: “The programme recognises the importance of the arts and responds to the emphasis on developing ‘cultural capital’ in the Ofsted framework.

“We’re focused on developing students into work-ready young people and having an awareness of culture and the impact it can have on personal wellbeing, health and happiness is a really important part of that.

“Programmes like this help to develop well-rounded citizens and unlock interests the students may not know they have. Taking part in the Culture Vulture programme can ignite an interest they can then pursue further for themselves.”

Students record the cultural activities and visits they have completed in their own “Culture Vulture Passport” and are awarded bronze, silver and gold certificates for completing each level.

Year 10 student Makenzie Bailey, 15, was the first to be awarded his bronze certificate and further awards will be handed out to students in the New Year.

Makenzie said: “I have visited some museums, football matches and a concert, as well as seeing Blood Brothers. I feel proud and excited to achieve this award.

“It’s important to get involved in cultural activities because, when you are looking for a job, it shows you also do interesting things in your own time. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Students explore thought-provoking subjects in ‘forensic reading’ challenge

Year 10 students at Ron Dearing UTC have embarked on a “forensic reading” project involving challenging and thought-provoking subjects which are important to society.

The 136 students are reading, understanding, analysing and debating various text and books to broaden their wider reading, encouraging them to research topics further and allowing them to become independent learners.

Senior Assistant Principal Nikki Feetham speaks to Year 10 students taking part in the “forensic reading” project aimed at encouraging them to read widely and often.

Topics include “the spirit of life”, which urges students to understand more about themselves as individuals, and “fragile earth”, which covers environmental and ecological issues, as well as climate change.

The reading project urges the students to challenge preconceived gender roles, become more open minded, have a broader understanding of topics which affect society and have mutual respect for others and their beliefs and ideas.

The latest topic is based on “Jack the Ripper”, the serial killer who murdered female prostitutes in London’s East End in 1888, as well as the “Yorkshire Ripper”, Peter Sutcliffe, and the associated police investigation, which saw him convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others in 1981.

It focuses on misogyny – a dislike of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls – and the students digested a lead text and related articles to form the basis of their discussions. They also found out more about the Suffragettes and campaigns for the right for women to vote and be treated as equal.

The students are considering challenging and thought-provoking subjects, including misogyny, as part of the project, which will run over two academic years.

Nikki Feetham, Senior Assistant Principal at Ron Dearing UTC, said this is one of six forensic reading projects the students will complete during the academic years running from 2019 to 2021, aimed at encouraging them to read widely and often.

She said: “Reading is an important employability skill and therefore very high profile at Ron Dearing UTC. Our students have been very quick to relate the topics to their own lives and opinions in a mature way.

“It gives them a safe framework to talk about challenging and sensitive topics, such as drugs or rape, which they have done in a very mature manner. But, most importantly, we have seen them totally engaged and discussing topics that they would not be able to discuss in any other setting.

“We think topics like this are important to teach, as young people are more exposed to biased media than ever before and they need to be able to challenge these points of view.

“We hope they will be selective and objective in their own views. They are exposed to so much information online and elsewhere that they need to learn how to filter it and make intelligent, informed judgements.”

The forensic reading project complements “Charlie’s Challenge”, which was launched last year by Ron Dearing UTC’s Chair of Governors, Charlie Spencer OBE, under which students are challenged to read a biography or autobiography of an entrepreneur, a leadership or management book, and a pre-20th century novel. Charlie is Executive Chairman of Spencer Group, one of Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners, and was instrumental is the creation of the employer-led school.

Equality and diversity workshop arms Ron Dearing UTC students with vital employability skills

Year 12 students at Ron Dearing UTC took part in an interactive workshop to teach them vital employability skills to help them progress in the world of work.

The equality and diversity workshop was delivered by staff from RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, and one of the UTC’s Founding Partners, to almost 140 students.

Students were encouraged to think about self-awareness, how to understand other people’s personalities and characteristics, unconscious bias and how first impressions may not always be correct.

Year 12 Ron Dearing UTC students take part in an equality and diversity workshop delivered by RB, preparing them for the world of work.

The students completed a series of activities and watched videos to challenge perceptions. They also looked at how they would overcome challenges such as speaking to someone whose first language is not English, or how to work alongside and support someone who may be blind.

The workshop was part of a wider project at the employer-led school, which teaches employability skills such as independence, resilience and teamwork, and promotes values required in the workplace, including rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance.

RB’s Human Resources Manager Rachael Starkey, who delivered the workshops alongside the company’s Human Resources Business Partner Rob MacNaught, said: “The workshop is about self-awareness and how you can’t change anyone else, but you can change yourself.

“If an employee has only one style of communication in the workplace, it’s very difficult. We can teach the technical elements, but these skills are more critical to them being able to progress.

“If they are thinking about things like this at this age, it can only be positive. If they go away knowing one more little thing about themselves, it’s job done because we can build on that.”

Rachel Starkey, HR Manager at RB, talks to students.

As part of the workshop, students were shown pictures of various people and asked to guess who they were and what they are famous for, including Bachendri Pal, an Indian mountaineer who became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984, and Andy Hinton, the Vice President of Global Ethics and Compliance at Google.

This exercise demonstrated to the students that perceptions can often be clouded by unconscious bias.

Sam Caley, Joint Head of Sixth Form at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “I hope the students will have more of an understanding of equality in the workplace as a result of this workshop.

“This is about educating them about how first impressions count, how to appreciate other people and how to act professionally.”

Year 12 student Oliver Scothern

Year 12 student Oliver Scothern, 16, said he found the workshop interesting and informative.

He said: “Perceptions don’t always add up to what you imagine with a first impression and the workshop was about learning to understand people, which is definitely a useful skill. It will stand me in good stead when I go into the workplace.”

Year 12 student Kira Hobbs

Fellow Year 12 student Kira Hobbs, 17, said: “I’m in a wheelchair and there are things I struggle with which other people find really easy. It’s important to understand others and the workshop was interesting. You learn not to judge people by their appearance.”

Global company gives Cameron chance to fly in creative digital career

A former student from Ron Dearing UTC has taken up an apprenticeship role with the world’s fastest-growing and most innovative digital brand management business.

Cameron Davies, 18, has joined Sonoco Trident as a Creative Digital Apprentice, based at the company’s headquarters at Kingswood in Hull.

Cameron, who achieved a Distinction and Merit in his Creative Digital technical qualification at Ron Dearing UTC, as well as a Merit in Engineering, said the employer-led school played a key role in preparing him for the world of work.

Cameron, who may have the opportunity to travel to Sonoco Trident’s other bases across the globe in the future, hopes to progress into a marketing role and work up to a management position.

He said: “There is a lot of independent study at Ron Dearing UTC, it’s a lot more hands-on and the school has fantastic facilities. You have more one-to-one time with the teachers, work experience in summer and you learn how to interact with others, as well as how to be ready for the workplace.

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship at Sonoco Trident and I’m learning about the software for artwork. This is the right move for me because I’m getting paid and learning at the same time.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC student Cameron Davies with Kirsty Bark, Global Talent Manager at his new employer, Sonoco Trident.


Sonoco Trident, a Major Partner of Ron Dearing UTC, is preparing to launch its new Trident Academy in January 2020, which is focused on all of its early career pathway employees, including apprentices, and Cameron is one of the first to experience it. The academy looks at personal brand, teamwork, how to represent the company and the business’ core values.

Kirsty Bark, Global Talent Manager at Sonoco Trident, said 120 of the 300 employees based at the company’s Kingswood headquarters came into the business through an apprenticeship, internship, work experience, or university route. Three of its directors based in Singapore, Sydney and the United States also came from Hull through one of these routes.

Kirsty said: “We talent-spotted Cameron and he went through a rigorous recruitment process. Ron Dearing UTC is a very forward-thinking school where the curriculum is shaped to fit what employers are looking for. That means its students are absolutely work ready.

“We recruit for attitude, not skills set. We look at who fits in with our culture and who can add value to that. Cameron has all those attributes and has settled in really well.

“Our managers have given great feedback about him and how he is keen to learn new skills, as well as contribute with his own ideas.”

  • Applications are being invited to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2020 with the next Open Event on Thursday, November 7. For further information, click here.

Pictures: Karl Andre Photography.

Ron Dearing supplies Spencer Group with 14 young stars

No less than 14 former Ron Dearing UTC students have begun apprenticeships with leading engineering business Spencer Group.

The recruits from Ron Dearing UTC are the largest intake of young talent in the 30-year history of the Hull-based company.

Spencer Group is one of Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners and hiring so many new trainees is a huge vote of confidence in Ron Dearing UTC.

Nine of the school leavers have begun apprenticeships in Engineering, while two are Apprentice Plant Fitters; one is an IT Support Apprentice; one a Web Development Apprentice; and another a Commercial Apprentice.

They begin their new roles as Ron Dearing UTC urges students who would like to join the school in Year 10 or Year 12 in September 2020 to attend the next Open Event with their parents on Thursday, November 7.

Apprentice Engineer Evie Westoby, 18, said: “I’m really happy to have this opportunity. I hope I can go as far as I can through my work and continuing education, complete my apprenticeship and work my way up through the company.

“When you join a new company it’s quite nerve-racking because you don’t know the people you’ll be working with, but the fact that we’ve all come together is great because there are familiar faces around you.

“I’m really glad I decided to go to Ron Dearing UTC. I don’t think I would be where I am now without the school’s support.”

Spencer Group Executive Chairman Charlie Spencer OBE with Human Resources Director Yvonne Moir, left, Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley and the company’s intake of 14 apprentices.


Apprentice Web Developer Matty Hunt, also 18, has joined the company’s Spencer Online System team, after a successful work placement last summer.

He said: “The chances Ron Dearing has given us have been amazing. We’ve worked on projects with the employer partners and had great work experience opportunities. I’ve tried to take as many opportunities as I possibly could and they’ve all definitely paid off.”

Matty said he was really pleased his parents had encouraged him to switch to Ron Dearing UTC two years ago when the school opened. “I’ve come out way more confident, more sociable and more professional,” he added.

Spencer Group Human Resources Director Yvonne Moir, who is also a Ron Dearing UTC Governor, said: “We’ve got to know the students at Ron Dearing UTC really well over the past two years and have been able to see them grow and develop.

“It wasn’t our intention to take so many originally but, once we started the apprenticeship recruitment process, it was clear that there was so much talent to choose from.

“We could have recruited even more if we had the capacity and it’s been such a difficult decision to select the successful students. The school has produced so many outstanding young employees.”

  • The next Ron Dearing UTC Open Event for prospective students and their parents will run from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 7. To register, or to apply for a place at the school in September 2020, visit for more information.

Apprentices begin digital careers with Arco

Two former students from Ron Dearing UTC are forging ahead in digital apprenticeship roles at the UK’s leading safety company.

Hull-based Arco, one of the employer-led school’s Major Partners, has recruited Josh Thorpe as a Cyber Security Apprentice and Jay Richards as a Systems Developer Apprentice.

Josh, 18, who achieved a Distinction* and Distinction in his Computing technical qualifications at Ron Dearing UTC, as well as a Merit in Creative Digital, said the school had prepared him for his new role helping to keep Arco’s digital systems secure.

He said: “I hope to learn how big businesses defend themselves against security threats and what methods can be used to keep track of everything to make sure it’s secure.

“Ron Dearing UTC has prepared me for this because it’s more practical-based learning. Everything you learn is relevant to the workplace.”

Jay, also 18, who achieved three Distinctions in Computing, said he was already working on a digital programme to boost Arco’s efficiency.

He said: “I’m making a programme which can help some of the team leaders add information into a spreadsheet automatically, without having to do it by hand.

“Ron Dearing UTC helped me to put what I know into practice and adapt that for Arco. I’m really looking forward to the future at Arco and seeing where it takes me.”

Apprentices Josh Thorpe, left, and Jay Richards with Arco Head of IT Dan Spurgeon, second left, and Digital Director Richard Martin.


Dan Spurgeon, Head of IT at Arco, said: “During Josh’s second day here, he attended meetings with us about e-mail phishing, adding his own fresh ideas. I don’t think we would have got that from someone who had years of industry moulding.

“We’re always keen to fit people into our culture and both Josh and Jay have been on our ‘Arco Experience’, which has helped them understand how the business was founded and has grown and how we work as a collective. They’re both integrating really well.”

Richard Martin, Digital Director at Arco, who is also a Governor at Ron Dearing UTC, said Ron Dearing UTC provided a different approach to learning, preparing students to fit into the world of work rapidly.

He said: “It’s a completely unique way of schooling which fills a gap that has been missing in education for a long time. The hope is those who come to us as apprentices have spent so much time with us already that they hit the ground running.

“They come with bags of enthusiasm and they’re ready to crack on. They are treated as adults at school, rather than children, and as a result we’re getting people with an adult attitude.”

Ron Dearing UTC is inviting students who want to join the school in Year 10 or Year 12 in September 2020 to attend the next Open Event on Thursday, November 7. Attendees will be able to have a look around the school, meet current and former students, speak to staff and take part in various workshops.

To register for the event, which runs from 6pm to 8pm, or to apply to join the school, click here.

Hannah and Sam go from school to Smith + Nephew

Studying at Ron Dearing UTC has enabled Hannah Crossley and Sam Graham to begin their working careers as Engineering Apprentices with Smith + Nephew.

Hannah and Sam, who are both 18, have joined the global medical technology business as Apprentice Manufacturing Technicians.

Smith & Nephew, a Founding Partner of Ron Dearing UTC, has major manufacturing and research and development facilities in Hull, and Hannah and Sam are beginning their careers with the company as Ron Dearing UTC is encouraging prospective students and their parents to attend the school’s next Open Event on Thursday, November 7.

Hannah Crossley has joined Smith + Nephew from Ron Dearing UTC, where she achieved a Distinction in Engineering.


Hannah, who achieved a Distinction in Engineering at Hull’s employer-led school, said: “Ron Dearing UTC has prepared me really well for this.

“By working for Smith + Nephew, I can join a team which will make a huge difference in the world because of the products they make. To have the opportunity to be part of that is breathtaking.”

Sam Graham said the employer-led approach to learning at Ron Dearing UTC had helped him to secure an apprenticeship with Smith + Nephew.


Sam, who achieved two Merits in Engineering and a further Merit in Digital Technology at Ron Dearing UTC, said the approach to learning at the school had pushed him to aim high.

He said: “At Ron Dearing everyone is on first name terms and the staff treat you like adults, which has helped me to become more confident and I know I have made the right decision to go down the apprenticeship route. I’m so excited and it’s a privilege to work for a big company such as Smith & Nephew.”

Gary Carr, Smith + Nephew Production Manager, said: “Hannah and Sam have grown in confidence already and will fit in really well with us.

“They have shown they have the right attitude and approach, as well as a level of determination you don’t usually see in young adults.

“They are evidence that the unique partnership between employers and educators at Ron Dearing UTC really does give students the edge in terms of their employability and specialist skills.  I’m impressed.”

  • Ron Dearing UTC’s next Open Event will run from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 7. To register for the event, or to apply to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2020, click here.