From Jamie Goodwin | Monday 10 May 2021
Employer-led school continues track record of helping its students secure prized apprenticeships with leading organisations.
Three Ron Dearing UTC students have secured jobs travelling the world on a cruise liner, working on space missions and helping develop new luxury car models.
Rated outstanding by Ofsted, Ron Dearing UTC has continued its track record of helping its students secure prized apprenticeships with the school’s Employer Partners and other leading organisations.
Year 13 students Scarlett van Raamsdonk, Will Nickolds and Joshua Wormald are now preparing to take the first steps towards their dream careers.
Scarlett, 18, will complete a three-year Bachelor of Engineering degree apprenticeship while working as an engine cadet in the Merchant Navy, based on global cruise line MSC Cruises.
Working in the ship’s engine room, her role will include maintaining, checking and cleaning the engines and carrying out watches on board following five months’ studying at South Shields Marine School, part of South Tyneside College near Newcastle, from September.
Scarlett, who is studying maths, physics and double engineering at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “This is my dream job and I’d love to work up the ranks and become a chief engineer in the future.
“My dad is a marine engineer and I travelled and lived on ships until I was four years old, so my whole life revolved around that and I wanted to go back to it.
“I don’t think I would have had this opportunity if I hadn’t become a Ron Dearing UTC student. They have helped me so much with my CV and helped me to stand out from the crowd. I’m so excited.”
Will, 17, will begin a four-year engineering degree apprenticeship at Airbus Defence and Space, a division of the world’s largest airline manufacturer and international aerospace pioneer Airbus, in September.
Based at the company’s UK headquarters in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, he will be involved in mechanical analysis work for a range of space missions including the ExoMars rover searching for life on Mars, as well as global telecommunication satellites for phones and television.
Will, who is studying engineering, maths and physics at Ron Dearing UTC, will complete his studies through Blackpool and The Fylde College and Lancaster University.
He said: “I’m over the moon to have this opportunity, as I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in engineering. Aviation and space has been my lifelong passion and I used to go to air shows with my grandad, who was a logistics man in the Royal Air Force.
“Ron Dearing UTC has opened up a whole world of opportunity for me and I’ve gone from building remote control drone planes in my back garden to doing something professional. They’ve given me the guidance and knowledge to progress.”
Maths, physics and engineering student Joshua, 18, is also gearing up for his dream career at Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry, where he will begin a four-year electrical and electronic engineering degree apprenticeship in September.
His role will include programming electronic systems and designing electronic circuits and safety systems for the company’s luxury vehicles.
Joshua said: “Ron Dearing UTC has high expectations of its students and they treat you like an adult and as equals, which sets you up for life and helps you prepare for work.
“Jaguar Land Rover is an amazing place to work and I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”
Ron Dearing UTC, in Hull city centre, is an employer-led school that caters for students aged between 14 and 19 and has a specialist focus on digital technology, creative digital and engineering.