Ron Dearing students help design mobile app to collate employability experiences

Ron Dearing UTC students are helping to create a dedicated mobile app to collate experiences and additional qualifications achieved during their time at the school.

Created by smart tech company Sauce, one of Ron Dearing UTC’s Major Partners, the app is currently in the design stage and will capture the broad range of experiences students are involved in.

Everything from mock interviews, cultural and enrichment activities and employer-led projects to CV writing workshops, personal branding sessions, professional qualifications and more will be included and logged on the app, collating the achievements of each student in one place.

The aim is to ensure every student has an accurate record of their experiences, which they can include in job, apprenticeship or university applications, showcasing the wide range of activities and qualifications they have completed.

As the design progresses, the app will be tested by existing students and launched in time for the September 2023 student intake.

Luke Savory, Product Owner at Sauce, working with students on creating the Ron Dearing UTC app.

 

About 20 students from all year groups are attending regular sessions at Sauce’s offices in Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub in the city’s Fruit Market, with groups including product owners, marketeers and designers, beta testers and user experience (UX) designers who will look at how the app functions.

Former Ron Dearing UTC students who have been employed as trainee developers by Sauce will also work on the app as the design progresses.

Lisa Regan, Assistant Principal – Professional Qualifications at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “The Ron Dearing UTC app is an excellent way to collate all of the experiences the students have achieved and will enable them to look back on it when they’re applying for their next move.

“We offer a very broad range of opportunities for our students to add to their employability skills and the app will help them to keep track of any gaps they may need to address.

“The students involved in creating the app all applied to play their part and they’re studying a range of subjects, not just digital.

“They’re gaining agile skills and learning from the fantastic Sauce team in a real working environment while creating something that will hopefully benefit students for many years to come.

“It’s brilliant to know our former students, who are employed by Sauce, will inspire our current students and we can’t thank Sauce enough for all the support they’re providing. This is a shining example of a fantastic employer-led project, drawing on our students’ digital, technology and creative skills.”

Sauce is an award-winning business specialising in working with large, traditional companies as their digital partners, creating innovative solutions to key business challenges across multiple sectors to keep them ahead of the technology curve.

Year 13 students George Braithwaite and Ben Garner are part of the team working on the app.

 

Jim Wardlaw, Chief of Product and Design at Sauce, said: “The students are driving the solution and we’re giving them the opportunity to be a client in an agile development process.

“The students are behind the vision for the app and what goals they want it to achieve as product owners.

“Ron Dearing UTC students partake in lots of experiences and they have to convert that into a CV to impress potential employers or universities. It’s not easy to remember everything they’ve done, so the app will help to bring it all together in one place.

“We’re really impressed with how last year’s graduates have progressed with Sauce so far and this is a good chance for us to get to know some of the students who’ll graduate next year, as we’re looking to employ more trainees.”

The app could also act as a points tracker for sixth form students which can be redeemed against incentives such as driving lessons.

Year 13 student Ben Garner, 17, who is studying Computer Science at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form, is part of the team working on the app.

He said: “Planning an app while working with a Major Partner is encouraging me to look at app design as a potential career and I’d love to work at Sauce. It’s great to work with the team in their office and see former Ron Dearing UTC students working there.”

Fellow Year 13 Computer Science student George Braithwaite, 17, who is also part of the app team, said: “We’ve planned what we want the app to achieve using wireframes and created designs for how it will look.

“I like the fact we’re creating the base of the app and it can be worked on for years to come and we’re getting a good understanding of agile working. It’s giving us hands-on experience in an industry environment.”

Recruitment Expo gives students insight into job opportunities

Sixth form students at Ron Dearing UTC met staff from some of the region’s leading businesses to find out more about potential employment opportunities as they consider their next steps.

The school organised a Recruitment Expo primarily for Year 13 students who will leave in summer next year and Year 12 students were also given the opportunity to attend.

They met almost 20 of the school’s employer partners which are offering paid employment roles and apprenticeships and students can apply for the positions in the new year.

Alex Lee, Head of Marketing at Designs Signage Solutions, one of the UTC’s Major Partners, attended the expo with colleagues Rhianna Cavanagh, Assistant Project Manager, and Keland Sharpe, Design Team Member and a former Ron Dearing UTC student.

Alex said: “We’re very keen on developing future talent and we have two pathways into our business – manufacturing engineering and graphic design.

Students at the Recruitment Expo at Ron Dearing UTC.

 

“We’ve created a trainee programme called Rising Stars which gives young people 12 months to see where their interests lie within the business.

“Sixteen Ron Dearing UTC students are going through our final interview process with a view to taking up full time employment with us in September 2023.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC students Josh Peck and Leoni Wilkinson, who are now employed by Reckitt, one of the school’s Founding Partners, also attended the expo.

Josh, a research and Development Apprentice at Reckitt, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, said: “We can speak to the students from personal experience and talk about how we applied for our jobs. It gives them a really good insight before they apply.”

Staff from Ørsted, a renewable energy company that constructs and operates offshore wind farms across Europe and one of the UTC’s Major Partners, also attended the expo.

Harriet Farmery, Community Engagement Officer at Ørsted, said: “Many of the UTC students know what they want to do and they want information on how to do it.

Former Ron Dearing UTC students Leoni Wilkinson and Josh Peck, who are now employed as Research and Development Apprentices at Reckitt.

 

“Next year will be our largest intake of apprentices in Ørsted’s history and we have 12 vacancies.

“The students are so enthusiastic and keen to know more about the company. They also want to know more about the educational opportunities we can offer them and it’s great they’re thinking long term.”

Year 13 student Alex Charlesworth, 17, said: “The expo gives you insight into careers you may not have considered. I’d like an engineering apprenticeship and I spoke to Spencer Group, Siemens Gamesa and Porsche Centre Hull about opportunities they’re offering.

“Ron Dearing UTC has great links with businesses which opens up so many opportunities for us.”

Year 13 student Tabby Argent, 17, also hopes to secure an engineering apprenticeship when she leaves Ron Dearing UTC next year.

She said: “I gathered a lot of information at the expo. It’s a great opportunity to make a good first impression and get yourself out there.

Harriet Farmery, Community Engagement Officer at Ørsted, with Year 13 students Max Dannatt and Alex Charlesworth.

 

“It helps us to understand what companies are looking for and you can see where your skills fit.”

Glenn Jensen, Senior Assistant Principal – Employer Engagement, at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to our network of employer partners which support our outstanding employer-led curriculum.

“This year’s expo was designed to give the very best advice and guidance to our Year 13 students about the available routes into industry at the end of their studies.”

Employer partners who attended the expo are: KCOM, Reckitt, Siemens Gamesa, Spencer Group, the University of Hull, Advanced Plastics, Catch, Designs Signage Solutions, INEOS, IRISNDT, Northern Powergrid, Ørsted, Porsche Centre Hull, Ridings Consulting Engineers, Sauce, Smailes Goldie, The 55 Group and Wood Plc.

Arco supports Ron Dearing UTC students in new mentor project to encourage next generation of cyber security experts

Ron Dearing UTC computer science students are learning more about cyber security through an employer-led project and IT equipment donation from the UK’s leading safety company.

Following an upgrade of systems across its network of safety stores, Arco, a Major Partner of the school, is donating several of its firewall units and a number of network switches to allow the students to learn using real-world technology.

In addition, two former Ron Dearing UTC students, Josh Thorpe, now Cyber Security Analyst at Arco, and James Swinburne, Apprentice Cyber Security Analyst at Arco, will deliver presentations and mentor students as part of the project.

Richard Martin, Arco Non-Executive Director and Chair of Governors at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “As one of the college’s employer partners, Arco is proud to be working with Ron Dearing on this exciting project, which will be the first of many of its type, to inspire the next generation of cyber security experts.

Left to right, Robbie Olsen, Riley Robinson, Declan Lingwood, James Swinburne and Joshua Thorpe.

 

“At Arco, we specialise in health and safety and many lessons carry over well to cyber security, such as the need for appropriate protection, training and compliance.

“By providing a hands-on learning experience, we aim to nurture the students’ understanding of cyber security and develop the skills required to help promote cyber security as a potential career.”

Mike Hudson, Cyber Security Manager at Arco, said: “Arco has an excellent relationship with the students and staff at Ron Dearing UTC and this project will strengthen that partnership even further.

“It’s exciting that we can involve Josh and James, as former students of Ron Dearing UTC, in this project and help demonstrate clearly how their education at Ron Dearing has supported them in starting and developing their careers at Arco.”

From left, Katie Grasby, Riley Robinson, Serghei Glinca and Declan Lingwood with Joshua Thorpe and James Swinburne.

 

Glenn Jensen, Senior Assistant Principal – Employer Engagement at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “This is an amazing project led by our very own alumni at Arco.

“The project will enable our computer science students to apply their skills to a real-world cyber security scenario with the guidance of industry professionals. This is another excellent example of world class employer-led learning.”

UTC student treads the boards at Hull Truck Theatre

A year 10 student at Ron Dearing UTC is starring in a festive show at Hull Truck Theatre as he prepares for further acting roles.

James Caley, 14, is playing the part of Peter Cratchit and taking on other ensemble roles in A Christmas Carol, an adaptation of Charles’ Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story.

He began acting at the age of 10, attending Stagecoach Performing Arts in Beverley for three years before joining the Hull Truck’s Youth Theatre group a year ago.

James has previously played the part of Mr Wormwood in the stage show of Roald Dahl’s Matilda at St Mary’s College in Hull and is now preparing for roles in The SpongeBob Musical at the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Hull and Something Rotten at a venue to be confirmed next year.

James, who achieved a Distinction in grade six acting and a Merit in grade four singing, said: “I’m really enjoying it and I love the atmosphere and performing.

James Caley, centre, plays Peter Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Hull Truck Theatre.

 

“I’d like to move into the television and movie side of acting but I’d also like a career in engineering, so I’m concentrating on my studies too.

“Ron Dearing UTC staff have been really supportive and they’re happy I’m doing this. Now I’ve done some professional work at Hull Truck Theatre I’m going to have some headshot pictures taken and see where it takes me.”

James recently took a brief break from treading the boards in A Christmas Carol to watch the show with more than 360 Year 10 and 11 students from Ron Dearing UTC.

They attended as part of their GCSE English Literature course, which helped them to understand the text and see the characters come to life.

James said: “It was great to watch it with my school friends. It also enabled me to see how the performance has progressed and see how good it looks from an audience perspective.”

James, front row, second from left, with the cast of A Christmas Carol.

 

Presented by Hull Truck Theatre in association with Leeds Playhouse, the show runs until December 31 and has delighted audiences since it opened on November 25.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re really proud of James for pursuing his love of acting alongside his studies.

“We encourage our students to participate in various activities and experiences outside the classroom and broaden their horizons as much as possible. We wish James every success with his forthcoming roles.”

For more information and to book tickets for A Christmas Carol visit https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on/christmas/a-christmas-carol/

Students launch Radio Ron podcast to bolster creative digital skills

Students at Ron Dearing UTC have launched a podcast focused on a range of topics throughout the school year.

Radio Ron, which is led by 20 Year 10, 11 and 12 students and supported by artist and West Hull FM Drive Time radio presenter Andy Pea, follows a fast-moving format with an array of content created by the students.

They have taken up various roles, including editing, producing, interviewing, writing, recording and presenting, as well as learning how to edit segments for each podcast episode.

The first episode will include an interview with singer songwriter Brandon Hunt, who featured on ITV’s Starstruck show, a section on gaming and the best games to buy for Christmas, book reviews and a look at the UTC’s enrichment activities.

It will also feature a survey of the top 10 Christmas films and songs chosen by students, an interview with Major Partner Ørsted on green energy and sustainability and a UTC teacher interview.

Students Ciaran Porter and Imogen Connolly.

 

Radio Ron will be aired on West Hull FM and will be available to download via the Ron Dearing UTC website in the coming weeks, with a new podcast planned every term.

Chris Berry, Assistant Principal – Cultural Capital at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “Radio Ron is a fantastic creative outlet for our students and much of it ties in nicely with what they’re learning in school.

“There’s a great mix of technology, creative digital and English, as well as confidence building, communication skills and teamwork, which are brilliant skills and positives to include in their CVs.

“We want to build a team of students who can then teach others and we can continue to increase the number of students involved.”

Radio Ron is part of Ron Dearing UTC’s Horizons Cultural Capital programme which  promotes culture and creativity and broadening students’ horizons beyond the classroom.

Other podcast topics throughout the year will include revision tips and support during exams, pointers on how to prepare for interviews, a guide for new students joining the school and other relevant subjects to support students at each stage of their UTC journey.

Year 12 student Imogen Connolly is an interviewer and producer on Radio Ron.

 

Three former Ron Dearing UTC students who are now employed by Founding Partner Reckitt will also be interviewed about their careers and offer advice on following in their footsteps, as well as a look back at their time at the school.

Year 12 student Imogen Connolly, 17, who is studying Double Engineering and Maths at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form, is an interviewer and producer on the Radio Ron podcast team.

She said: “I’m interviewing staff and students about the UTC’s enrichment activities and I’m involved in the top 10 Christmas songs, films and books.

“The podcast is led by the students and will hopefully help people understand what’s happening at school.

“I’m learning how to speak in front of a wide range of audiences and being involved in the podcast will help me understand how to prepare for an interview because the skills are transferable.

“I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to recording more episodes.”

Further details of how to listen to Radio Ron will be released in the coming weeks.

Ron Dearing UTC student named Young Mayor of Hull

A Year 11 student from Ron Dearing UTC has been named Hull’s Young Mayor.

Amaya Newman, 15, has been selected as the fourth Young Mayor to represent young people across the city over the next 12 months.

She will work with Hull City Council’s Voice and Influence Team, other young people and decision makers to promote the interests of the younger generation in Hull.

Amaya was appointed following a selection day attended by 16 candidates who also voted for the winner. They were all tasked with completing a team challenge and delivered a speech on why they want to be Young Mayor and the difference they hope to make before the votes took place.

Amaya, who attended a Christmas Card Parade in north Hull this week as part of her first Young Mayor duties, said: “I feel privileged to be named Hull Young Mayor and I’m so pleased I’ve been chosen. Young people don’t have enough of a voice and it’s important for us to be heard.

Amaya Newman is proud to have been selected as Hull’s Young Mayor.

 

“I’ve always had an interest in politics too and it’s very much based around adults making decisions. I’d like to be Prime Minister one day and being Young Mayor is a great opportunity, challenge and a starting point for me.

“A career in politics is sometimes frowned upon but I think fresh opinions are needed. I’m excited about making a difference and connecting young people to decision makers.

“Past Young Mayors have run campaigns and I’d like to do the same. I’m passionate about improving transport for young people, raising awareness of the effects vaping has on your health and looking at the importance of mental health among young people.”

Amaya will be supported by Deputy Young Mayor Germaine Omar, a pupil at Kelvin Hall School in Hull, who has been appointed to the newly created position for the next year.

Amaya said the support she has received from Ron Dearing UTC staff helped her to secure her Young Mayor role.

She said: “I’m really proud to be a Ron Dearing UTC student and my confidence has grown so much.

“I wouldn’t be doing this without the support of the staff because I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it. I want to make everyone proud.”

Amaya Newman is pursuing a career in politics.

 

The young people who attended the selection day will be invited to join Amaya and Germaine as they work with Hull Young People’s Parliament to reach more young people in the community.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re incredibly proud of Amaya for being appointed to this role. It’s a wonderful opportunity and will hopefully help to inspire other young people.

“We actively encourage our students to embrace opportunities and experiences alongside their studies to broaden their horizons and this is a perfect example of that.

“This role will undoubtedly support Amaya to further develop her confidence, leadership and communication skills, which are all invaluable. It will also enable her to give back to the local community – something she is passionate about.

“We wish Amaya every success and know she will do a fantastic job.”

Councillor Linda Tock, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Each young person’s speech was full of hope and insight for young people’s futures in Hull.

“I’ve been inspired by the ability of our young people to communicate and articulate their passions. Once again, it’s good to see young people involved in politics and helping to make the city a better place for all young people.

“Congratulations to Amaya and to Germaine as our first Deputy Young Mayor.”

Ron Dearing sporting students shine on regional, national and international stage

Four students from Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) are excelling in their sporting fields, including two representing their country on the world stage.

Year 12 students Zach Hood, Jack Shepherd and Ellie Grayson-White, all 16, and Year 11 student Brad Taylor, also 16, spend much of their spare time competing at the highest possible level in their relevant age categories, setting their sights on sporting success alongside their studies.

Zach is part of the Great Britain Pentathlon Squad for his level of ability in the sport, which includes running, target shooting, swimming, fencing and show jumping. He began competing when he was just seven-years-old, following in his older brother’s footsteps, and is now competing internationally.

Zach finished 15th in the European Championships under 17s category in Poland in June and 32nd in the world in his age group in a further international competition. He also competed in the World Championships in Italy in September, finishing 4th in the relay section alongside a teammate.

From left, Brad Taylor, Zach Hood, Ellie Grayson-White and Jack Shepherd.

 

Zach, who hopes to become an engineer in the future while continuing sport in his spare time, said: “I’m competitive and I like trying to beat what my brother achieved. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far and the World Championships is the highest level competition I can enter at the moment, so I’m very happy with that result.

“Ron Dearing UTC has been so supportive and the staff are really interested in what I’m doing.”

Jack, who is studying Double Engineering and Maths at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form, will represent England at the International Ski Federation World School Championships in Turkey in February.

He took up the sport when he was nine-years old-and was later accepted into the English Schools Ski Association Senior Squad, representing England in his age category and training in Norway.

Zach Hood is part of the Great Britain Pentathlon Squad.

 

Jack was placed in the world’s top 15 for his age group in the alpine English Championships in Italy in 2021 and returned to England for the dry ski slope season, finishing first overall for the season in his age category.

Jack, who also represents Wales in his age group, finished third in the 2021 Welsh Championships, third in the British Championships and secured other podium places.

This year, he podiumed 10 times out of the 14 dry slope races he competed in, winning the under 18 Welsh Championships and finishing third in the under 18s British Championships. He was also awarded the 2021 Bridlington Sports and Community Award for Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Jack said: “I’m really proud. My dream is to take dry slope skiing as far as I can while studying, but I’d like a career in engineering. Everyone at Ron Dearing is really pleased for me. I don’t compete in major tournaments or competitions during the school term, as I don’t want it to affect my studies.”

Brad Taylor is taking part in the Yorkshire Regional Trampoline Competition in Bradford.

 

Ellie, who took up figure skating five years ago, began synchro skating in 2019 and competes as part of the Hull Synchronised Skating Team, Northern Starlets, training weekly in Hull and Grimsby.

The team recently competed in the Skate London Synchronised Skating Competition Open at Alexandra Palace in the capital, finishing second out of four teams. They will now go on to compete in Scotland later this month, which will see them progress to the world level of the contest if they are successful.

International competitions will also take place in Nottingham and Sheffield in January and February.

Ellie said: “I’d like to become a marine biologist in the future but be a professional skater in my spare time. I love being part of the team and everyone at school is really happy for me. I’m looking forward to Scotland.”

Ellie Grayson-White competes as part of the Hull Synchronised Skating Team, Northern Starlets.

 

Brad is a trampolinist at Aspire Gymnastics Club in east Hull. He will represent Ron Dearing UTC and his club at the Yorkshire Regional Trampoline Competition in Bradford this weekend, with the chance to compete in Northern Ireland if he places first, second or third.

Brad said: “I’d like to join the Royal Air Force as a pilot in the future and trampolining could be connected to my aspiration to fly.

“The staff at Ron Dearing encourage me in my sport and training. They’ve boosted my confidence enough to make me want to do the competition. I’m really grateful for the support I’ve had and I’m proud to represent my school.”

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re incredibly proud of Zach, Jack, Ellie and Brad and it’s amazing to have such elite athletes in our Ron Dearing UTC community.

Jack Shepherd, who will represent England at the International Ski Federation World School Championships, in action.

 

“While sport is not the main focus at our school, it is a major part of our extensive enrichment programme and it’s fantastic to see young people who are so passionate about their sport, excelling in their chosen fields.

“Perseverance, determination, high standards and the pursuit of excellence are really important employability skills and participation in these sports is teaching our students skills for life.”

Sixth form students learn importance of health and safety during tour of Ron Dearing UTC’s expansion site

Engineering students at Ron Dearing UTC gained vital health and safety knowledge thanks to the team behind construction of the school’s expansion.

The UTC is currently increasing student places from 600 to 800 to meet growing demand, redeveloping space in the existing school building, and renovating and repurposing the former Central Fire Station next door to the school into a satellite site.

Contractor Sewell Construction invited eight Year 12 students to a “Toolbox Talk” and shared their specialist knowledge on health and safety, showing the students how work on the fire station site is progressing and enabling them to visit the site offices.

Dave Major, Sewell Construction Project Manager led the tour alongside Sean Boynton, Safety, Environmental and Compliance (SEC) Manager and Sewell Quantity Surveyor Richard Hoe.

They spoke about the importance of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on site, how waste is tracked when it leaves the site, first aid, site inductions and relevant paperwork.

Ron Dearing UTC students learning more about health and safety from Sewell Construction.

 

They also explained how the construction team works with the local community and the measures Sewell Construction puts in place to look after its own workforce and supply chain, including mental health support.

In addition, Dave shared knowledge on erecting scaffolding and controlling dust on site and the students were encouraged to ask questions during the visit.

Dave said: “There’s nothing more important than our people going home safely and our procedures support our teams in achieving this.

“All of these checks and processes ensure we’re as safe as we can be. Safety comes first and everything you do has a risk assessment. It’s about preventing accidents and stopping things from becoming a problem.”

Sewell Construction is planning to hold a further Toolbox Talk focused on sustainability as the project progresses.

The team has recently achieved the business’ highest ever “Considerate Constructors” score of 44 out of 45 during a recent audit on site. The scheme is independently run and supports and guides positive change in the construction industry.

Ron Dearing UTC students on a tour of the school’s expansion.

 

Construction teams are assessed on respecting the community, caring for the environment, and valuing the workforce.

Glenn Jensen, Senior Assistant Principal – Employer Engagement at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “The Toolbox Talk was a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience health and safety in the workplace, learning from industry specialists on site.

“As health and safety is the most important part of engineering and the construction industry, it’s vital that the talent of tomorrow has a sound understanding of how it is applied.

“Thank you to the Sewell Construction team and Sean for taking the time to share their knowledge with our students. It was a very valuable experience for all involved.”

Year 12 student Harry Wilson, 16, said: “I learnt a lot from the talk. I didn’t realise how much goes into the planning side of a project, including health and safety, before construction can start. It was really interesting, and I can see how important health and safety is.”

Fellow Year 12 student Skylar Dawson, also 16, said: “There is a lot to think about in health and safety. It’s so much more than I ever realised and very important. I enjoyed the tour and I’m interested to see how the fire station will look when it’s finished.”

Former Ron Dearing UTC students begin apprenticeships with global renewable energy leader

Global wind power leader Siemens Gamesa has employed five apprentices from Hull’s Ron Dearing UTC.

The company, which has world-class wind turbine manufacturing, assembly and logistics operations at Alexandra Dock in Hull, is a Founding Partner of the school and has employed a total of seven apprentices since 2019.

Of those employed this year, four production apprentices are based at the Hull Blade Factory on Alexandra Dock while completing their studies with training and consultancy company CQM, and one construction apprentice is undergoing her training at Airco in Goulton Street, west Hull, before working on offshore wind turbine sites.

Kavin Horncastle, Ben Skoof, Lewis Stevenson and Harvey Atkins, all 18, are completing their two-year production apprenticeships and will rotate around various departments during their training, while Lucy Good, also 18, is completing a four-year construction apprenticeship.

Lewis, who achieved a Distinction in Double Engineering at Ron Dearing UTC and will also bolster his apprenticeship with one day per week at college from next year, said: “I’m involved in preparing the wind turbine blades before they’re fully finished, including repairing moulds and laying fibre glass and filters.

From left, Siemens Gamesa production apprentices Harvey Atkins and Kavin Horncastle, construction apprentice Lucy Good and fellow production apprentices Ben Skoof and Lewis Stevenson.

 

“I knew I wanted an apprenticeship because I want to learn valuable skills on the job while earning money and working in a real life environment is the best place to do that.

“Siemens Gamesa is a great company to work for and everyone is very supportive. I’d like to progress as much as possible here and get a job in the engineering department after my apprenticeship.

“As a Ron Dearing UTC student, I learnt the manufacturing side of engineering alongside the theory, which has really helped me in my apprenticeship.”

Lucy hopes to work as a Wind Turbine Technician on wind farms in countries including Germany and Denmark and is also studying via North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, as part of her apprenticeship.

Lucy, who achieved a Distinction in Triple Engineering at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “I’m training to be an electrician to service wind turbines.

“I’m currently learning about health and safety, first aid and working at heights, and I’ve already worked with plugs, sockets and one and two-way circuits.

Construction apprentice Lucy Good is loving life at Siemens Gamesa.

 

“While it’s a male-dominated industry, this hasn’t been a problem for me at all, and I want to travel the world with this job and show that other women can do the same.

“Ron Dearing UTC is a great place to study and I learnt so much which has been transferable to my apprenticeship. I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Siemens Gamesa is a leader in the renewable energy industry, working to provide the world’s best offshore and onshore wind turbines and services.

The company regularly sets employer-led projects for Ron Dearing UTC students, enabling them to learn manufacturing processes as part of their studies.

Staff also volunteer their time to run employability skills workshops, including mock interviews and showing students how to process data to support manufacturing and decision making.

Andy Sykes, Plant Director at Siemens Gamesa, said: “It’s vitally important we engage and inspire the next generation. Our partnership with Ron Dearing UTC is going from strength-to-strength and it gives students a fantastic grounding in readiness for work.

“I was incredibly impressed by the apprentices’ approach and interview skills and it gives me a great deal of confidence that they understand what it takes to be successful.

“The feedback from their managers has been very positive and I’m looking forward to them being able to apply their learning.”

Smart tech company takes on four former UTC students

Four former Ron Dearing UTC students are settling into trainee developer roles after smart tech company Sauce welcomed them to the world of work.

Alan Strauhs, Jake Morris, Sam Osborne and Ellis Calow, all 18, completed a three-month internship at Sauce over the summer and were all promoted to trainee developers as part of a 12-month programme.

If successful, they will then progress to junior software developer roles and continue their careers at the company, based in Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub in the city’s Fruit Market.

Sauce is an award-winning business specialising in working with large, traditional companies as their digital partners, creating innovative solutions to key business challenges across multiple sectors to keep them ahead of the technology curve.

Alan, who excelled in Maths and Digital Technology at Ron Dearing UTC’s sixth form, is helping to write codes for apps at Sauce.

Sauce trainee developers, left to right, Alan Strauhs, Ellis Calow, Jake Morris and Sam Osborne, with the company’s Chief Technology Officer John Polling, centre.

 

He said: “My job is going very well and I’ve learnt so much already. It’s very fast-paced and I’m working on real projects for clients.

“Ron Dearing UTC staff treated us as adults and the school replicates a professional working environment, which helped prepare us for work.

“Sauce is a great place to start my career and I hope I can stay. It’s a really good job to secure straight from sixth form and my colleagues provide great support.”

Jake, who also excelled in his Maths and Computer Science studies at Ron Dearing UTC, is involved in coding, quality assurance and testing apps at Sauce.

He said: “Sauce is a great environment to work in and we all work as a team.

“The Computer Science course I studied at Ron Dearing UTC was hands-on and I learnt a lot of skills which are helping in my work, including website and app development, coding, reviewing and testing. It helped me to appreciate user experience and user interface.

Sauce’s new trainees are loving their work.

 

“Technology moves so quickly and can often become outdated. Working at Sauce means you work with the latest technology and you move with it all the time, which I enjoy.”

This is the first time Sauce, a Major Partner of Ron Dearing, has employed a group of students from the UTC and there are plans to offer additional students similar opportunities in the future as its team of more than 30 employees continues to grow.

Former student Lewis Taylor was also employed in a Support Developer role on a short-term contract at Sauce last year before moving on to university.

John Polling, Chief Technology Officer at Sauce, said: “The trainees have done so well so quickly and they’re already contributing to coding on real life projects for clients, which is really impressive and promising.

“The internship gave them chance to showcase their skills before we offered them all a 12-month traineeship.

“They’re all really keen and the fact they’ve all progressed so well gives us even more confidence for employing more students from Ron Dearing UTC in the future.”