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From | Tuesday 24 September 2019

Students who recently completed A-level exams and technical qualifications at Hull’s employer-led school have secured sought-after training roles.

Engineering apprentice Kieran Scruton has moved from Ron Dearing UTC to join the workforce at wind power giant Siemens Gamesa’s Hull factory.

Dozens of Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) students have taken up apprenticeships with many of the region’s leading companies.

Almost 50 students who recently completed their A-level exams and technical qualifications at Hull’s employer-led school have secured sought-after training roles.

The percentage of the school’s students who have become apprentices is much higher than the national average.

Four Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partners have taken on students from the school as apprentices. Three have been taken on by RB, the leading consumer health and hygiene company, which is currently investing £105m in a new global Science and Innovation Centre in Hull. 

Another student has joined Siemens Gamesa, which has world-class wind turbine manufacturing, assembly and logistics operations in Hull.

Two students have started work at Smith and Nephew, the global medical technology business with major manufacturing and research and development facilities in Hull, while 14 have been taken on by Spencer Group, one of the UK's largest independently-owned engineering firms, which has its headquarters in Hull.

From left, IT apprentice Jon Garner, IT manager Marc Kirk, quality control apprentice Harrison Fowler and asset care manager Rob Green, at RB’s site in Hull.

Ron Dearing UTC Major Partner Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, has recruited two apprentices at its Hull business.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re delighted to see so many of our students who have left the school at 18 have moved directly into exciting apprenticeships roles or full employment with leading companies, including our employer partners.

“To set this in context, more than 50 per cent of our Year 13 students are taking up an apprenticeship, compared with six per cent  nationally last year."

Applications are now open to join Ron Dearing UTC in Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2020 with the first Open Event on October 2. Find more information here.