Sincere thanks to Abbey, Alana and Priya from Connect Plus Services (M25)
for coming to The Leigh UTC to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day with some of our younger students.
Our guests presented to year 7 and 8 girls on what Connect Plus Services do and the variety of careers available within the organisation- it was certainly a long list!
They further went on to explain the career pathways possible as well as how each of them had come to work where they do. Having asked students to fill out a short survey, our guests then gave students the opportunity to come forward and ask one to one questions.
A wealth of information was given on the very real opportunities available in Civil Engineering for girls (and indeed, boys!) as well as the other vital roles required to keep such an organisation running smoothly.
Sincere thanks to Abbey, Alana and Priya for their valuable time and their colleague, Cintia for arranging such a useful encounter for our students.
The visit to the University of Kent (at Canterbury) introduced students to a University environment as they explored the campus, having the opportunity to experience life in higher education, including meeting current students who shared their own University experiences. A particular highlight was the University Campus Challenge, that was designed to encourage them to reflect on what a university environment feels like.
A great day was had by all our students who came back feeling inspired.
It was an excellent day and worthwhile learning experience for our students and staff showcasing students making connections across learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum as well as an fantastic opportunity for a large number of class chart points to be given away based on our IB Learner profile character attributes.
We will share our final total collected for Fields of Life once all monies have been collected. Further details about the charity that we are supporting https://www.fieldsoflife.org/
We are keen to keep in touch with previous students from the Leigh UTC and are delighted to share a recent interview with Cameron.
Cameron was one of the very first students at The Leigh UTC starting in year 12 in September 2014. He had been a student at fellow Leigh Academies Trust school, Longfield Academy and made the change to pursue his specific interest in engineering.
On starting at the Leigh UTC, Cameron’s first impression was one of amazement in seeing the workshop! He’d had no idea of what to expect as the academy building had only been handed over a day before and there was still some finishing being conducted on site.
Out of fifty or so students in his year group, only knew one person. Being a new academy with only year 10’s and 12’s, he commented that the year groups became very close knit.
Whilst at Post 16 at The Leigh UTC, Cameron studied:
● Professional Qualification (PQ) He became an autodesk certified user
● EPQ Project- within this, he restored a classic car engine
● Triple engineering- his favourite subject
Looking back, his most prominent memory of the early days of The Leigh UTC was racing a student made go-kart around the school! This was great fun and raised money for charity
Equally, he has good memories of the business relationships utilised by the academy. For him, this included working with motor sports company, T3 where he went to their workshop and made motorbike parts and 8 Point 3 LED where he helped to design stabilizers using CAD.
He was employed by 8 Point 3 straight out of school where he worked for a year on both products and design, again using CAD. During this time, he was given a lot of responsibility, frequently travelled to sites and dealt with clients. He commented that he learnt self-discipline, enjoyed the job and grew in confidence. He was frequently thrown in at the deep end!
Moving on from 8 Point 3 in 2017, Cameron is now completing a tool room apprenticeship with SEM. Again, he came to know the company via the Leigh UTC. Whilst being based for his apprenticeship training one day a week at the Leigh UTC, his role is a mixture of making non production parts for SEM’s own machinery and making motor part proto types. Cameron commented on the supportive working atmosphere at SEM and working on state of the art machinery. The company is staff oriented and offers benefits such as a healthcare scheme.
When asked about his reminiscences of the Leigh UTC, Cameron commented that he has noted changes since joining including a stricter regime and a more diverse set of students in their career aspirations.
Cameron feels that by working in industry, he is able to bring some of that industry know how back to the academy to teachers and students alike. He commented that he has learnt to measure in microns, not millimetres and that precision is good advice to current students looking to follow a similar pathway.
When asked about the staff that he remembers, Cameron stated that his star teacher was Engineering Teacher, Miss Warner as she was one of the original teachers at the academy, is easy to get along with and puts supreme effort into going over and above in her job. He likes the continuity of her having always been at The Leigh UTC.
Looking to the future, Cameron explained that he would one day like to own his own machine fabrication company making custom parts for motor sports; the challenge of working to make “anything that has two wheels, four wheels and an engine” is where he sees himself.
Thank you to Cameron for taking the time to be interviewed for this article and share his thoughts. We wish him the very best for his future career and hope to interview him again in years to come.
Wednesday 5th June saw the annual World Environment Day. Established in 1972 by the United Nations it focuses on environmental concerns from pollution to global warming and sustainable food production to protection of wildlife.
Year 7 pupils enjoyed an assembly this week taken by Mr Muhammed where they learnt about issues involved with World Environment Day.#WorldEnvironmentDay
Alumni student and part time Learning Mentor at the UTC Niamh Arkile was selected to exhibit at very prestigious Clerkenwell Design Week this year. Niamh was selected from a large number of design students and working designers to exhibit at the week long celebration of design in London alongside famous designers such as Jasper Morrison.
Niamh is currently a second year student at London Metropolitan University and therefore to be selected is a real credit to her hard work.
Niamh had not studied product design or engineering before joining the Leigh UTC which also makes her achievement even more impressive.
The Leigh UTC are very proud of her and looking forward to seeing her end of year show.
If you haven’t already please make sure you like Niamh’s facebook page @Furniture Pie and Instagram Page: niamh_designs