Students move from Ron Dearing to RB

Three former Ron Dearing UTC students are relishing the exciting opportunity to begin their careers with global giant RB in Hull.

RB, a Founding Partner of the employer-led school, is the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company and is investing £105m in a new global Science and Innovation Centre in Hull.

RB’s newest recruits in Hull include Jon Garner, Harrison Fowler and James Bailey, all 18, who have taken up apprenticeships in IT, Quality Control and Engineering respectively.

Pictured at RB’s site in Hull are, from left, Quality Control Apprentice Harrison Fowler, Asset Care Manager Rob Green, IT Manager Marc Kirk,  and IT Apprentice Jon Garner.


The trio’s success is securing training roles with such a prestigious company shows how Ron Dearing UTC gives students the edge in the competition for opportunities with the best local employers.

Jon, who achieved a Distinction* and a Distinction in Engineering as well as a Merit in IT at Ron Dearing UTC, said he hopes to be able to travel to London and Hyderabad in India – RB’s IT global hub – with his colleagues as he continues to expand his knowledge and skills.

Jon said: “I completed my work experience at RB in Hull last year and now I’m working with them, as part of the team.

“A lot of the projects we completed at Ron Dearing UTC were selected by the employer partners, so we knew we were learning things which were relevant and could give us the edge over other applicants for the apprenticeships.”

Harrison who achieved a double Distinction* in Engineering and a grade C in A-level Chemistry, said: “Ron Dearing UTC staff really helped me with the application process and set aside days for interview and presentation preparation to give me confidence.

“I can’t thank RB enough for this opportunity. RB is enabling me to carry on with my education at college while working, so this is the ideal situation for me.

“I want to make my way in the world and the opportunities with RB are limitless.”

Apprentices Harrison Fowler, left, and Jon Garner have been hired for sought-after apprenticeships with global health and hygiene company RB.


Marc Kirk, IT Manager at RB, said: “Ron Dearing UTC builds strong relationships and foundations with organisations such as ours, which means skills associated with a working environment are taught at a young age.

“There are very promising signs from our apprentices so far. We have a real opportunity to shape these young people to live and breathe RB.”

Rob Green, Asset Care Manager at RB, added: “We believe we achieve better staff retention through our apprenticeship routes. They appreciate how we work and grow up with the RB team.”

  • Applications are being invited to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2020 with the first Open Event on Wednesday, October 2. For further information click here.