December has been an extremely busy and successful month for the UTC. Our students have been an absolute credit to their families, staff, employers and most importantly themselves. We’ve seen them grow in many ways since September, from boosts in self-confidence to an understanding that they are the young professionals of the future so must grasp every opportunity given to them.
As I said earlier we’ve had lots going on this month, but here’s just a few highlights:
Lord Baker visit
The UTC was delighted to welcome Lord Baker to the school. He is a prominent figure in national education and a huge advocate of both UTCs and the development of young people. During his visit he met with many of our students and employer partners, and his tour included a look at the progress of our second building. I am pleased to report that he was genuinely impressed with us as a UTC community and intends to return again to see the progress of all our students.
In the same week as Lord Baker’s visit, Granada Reports filmed a news feature with us which was aired on national television. It was a very positive look at our work and our relationship with employer partners, Bentley Motors. Again, the news reporters were impressed with our vision for the future and our plan of developing a world class engineering facility in Crewe.
May I pass on a huge thank you to all our students in Y10 and 12 who distinguished themselves by presenting their project briefs to OSL and Bentley colleagues this week. The feedback from company representatives was outstanding and as staff we are very proud of the achievements of all our students. It was pleasing to hear that our young people have visibly grown in skills throughout the nine-week programme. Many of our students could now step into real work situations and cope admiringly! Well done to our OSL and Bentley colleagues who have worked tirelessly with our staff to bring the projects to life.
A look at the year 10 Bentley project showcase
All the best from the UTC team for the festive period – we look forward to working with you all in the New Year!
– Dave Terry