We would like to thank you to Mr Zaidi who delivered an excellent assembly on Ramadan last week, teaching all of our students about acceptance, reflection and love.
The Leigh UTC & Inspiration Academy may have a STEM-focused curriculum with emphasis on computing and engineering, but we want to ensure all our pupils have the opportunity to develop
their reading skills. We would like to establish a well-stocked library of fiction and non-fiction books for all age groups to access.
Please will you help us do this? 100% of your donations will benefit pupils. You can learn more about FundStar by reading the letter by clicking here
On Monday 29th April 2019 Military Veterans for Schools (Vets4Schools) was launched at The Leigh UTC.
Their vision is to build a national, non profit, network of locally managed & operated Military Veterans for Schools groups. They provide this through a proactive strategy of interaction, a wide range of mutually positive benefits for military veterans of all ages, schools, students & society more generally.
The presentation was given to year 7,8 and a group of Duke of Edinburgh students by an international and seasoned adventurer, Nabs Al Busaidi.
Nabs is an Arab born & raised in SE London. His parents came to UK in the early 1960’s following a change of government in their traditional homeland of Zanzibar, off the coast of now Tanzania. The Al Busaidi family was the ruling family of Zanzibar & trace their ancestors back to the now Sultanate of Oman, where Nabs lives today. In UK Nabs achieved a degree in Mathematics & a Masters in Management before being commissioned into the British Army as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. Afterwards Nabs went on to various management appointments with Gulf Air, Etihad & KPMG before giving in to the call of adventure, becoming the first Arab to walk to the North Pole, to climb Mount Vinson the highest peak in Antarctica & row across the Atlantic ocean. In an attempt to climb Mount Everest, Nabs narrowly escaped death when he fell into an ice crevasse & broke both legs effectively ending his bid; for the time being!
Nabs’ experience in adventuring & the military provided him with some valuable, experienced based, life skills which he was happy to impart to a very engaged & active audience of Leigh UTC students this week. During his row across the Atlantic, Nabs & his colleagues rowed a monotonous 2 hours on, two hours off routine, non stop for 43 days but the students were more interested in the fact that they was no toilet on the tiny open boat! Leigh UTC students were also amazed to know that Nabs walked in constantly sub-zero conditions, pulling the weight of a typical 14 year old student (50kg) in food & equipment behind him, consuming over 6500 calories a day – three times the normal adult intake – but still lost half his body weight in the process!
Nabs was a clear hit with the students of Leigh UTC & it is clear that many left the hall inspired by their short time with him. Students & staff alike were heard to have taken on board Nabs’ mantra – “Excuse or Reason?” & “Never Give Up”, after the presentation.
This event was a first for Nabs and The Leigh UTC. This was the first time he had presented to British school students in a school in UK, his experience to date being with children of expatriates in the Arabian Gulf. Ever the seasoned adventurer, Nabs took the experience in his stride & hopes to be invited back on a future opportunity with the wider Leigh Trust.
Military Veterans for School’s mission and objectives:
- Build a strong symbiotic relationship between military veterans & youth in society around educational & personal developmental projects
- Relieve loneliness in older veterans
- Build worth & esteem in younger veterans
- Impart a wide range of life skills learnt in challenging & varied environments, to young people to enhance their academic education
- Enhance respect & understanding for service in young people & wider society
- Provide an online portal for schools to connect with & to source, service veterans effectively & efficiently
- To provide opportunities for Military Veterans to:
- Feel wanted, valued & respected
- Play a more active role in the community
- Overcome loneliness issues
- Impart important & varied life-skills
- To provide schools with valuable & free adjuncts to the curriculum
- To provide students with valuable & free “University of Life” education
Military Veterans for Schools is a not for profit, apolitical, non-religious, organisation which does not promote military recruitment, nor glorify war or conflict.
Military Veterans for Schools welcomes all former service personnel irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender or arm of or length of service.
We are pleased to announce that Students and Staff raised a Grand Total of £461.70
Thank you to everyone who took part.
On the 7th March 2019 The Leigh UTC Business Youth Mentors met with their mentees and enjoyed a delicious cream tea as part of a mid-term review. It provided a fantastic informal opportunity for everyone to discuss how the mentoring process was going so far and identified how it was making a positive difference to everyone involved.
Honest feedback was welcomed and some great ideas identified to further develop the programme.
The Principal, Steve Leahey took the opportunity to thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment to supporting the students at The Leigh UTC.
We look forward to completing another successful scheme in July and the launch of a new programme in September 2019.
If anyone is interested in participating in the Youth Business Mentorship then please contact The Mentoring team, at Mentoring@theleighutc.org.uk.
What is your background?
When I was younger, my Grandad would show me how things were made in his shed and I found this fascinating. I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart and seeing how they work, so these experiences made me want to work in Engineering.
My parents worked in office-based roles, but I didn’t like the idea of doing the same tasks every day and I was keen to work in a more varied role. I have a really analytical mindset which meant that I was really pleased when one of my academic options was to do a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering. Following this, I studied BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at Leigh UTC in Dartford, and in addition to this, I also decided to do A-Level Maths and BTEC Level 3 in Computing. Leigh UTC have relationships with a number of different organisations, including Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), which is how I was introduced to the Engineering apprenticeship. Leigh UTC were really supportive of my decision to apply for apprenticeships.
Why did you want to do an Engineering apprenticeship?
My Grandad did an Engineering apprenticeship so I was introduced to the possibility of doing this from an early age. I wanted to earn whilst I was learning, but I also wanted to gain a solid academic background to support me in the future.
I’d describe myself as methodical; having something physically in front of me to look at really suits my learning style. This made theory-based subjects harder for me at school, but meant that CCEP’s Engineering apprenticeship was a great option for me.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I have been studying at college full-time since September 2018 but I will be returning to CCEP’s Sidcup site in the summer. During this time, I’ll be working on a variety of projects, shadowing more experienced members of staff and gaining exposure to a number of different areas to help me decide what area I wish to specialise in.
Why do you enjoy working for Coca-Cola European Partners?
My role here is challenging and with 8 manufacturing lines (soon to be 10!), there is a lot to learn. My apprenticeship requires me to be adaptable and forward-thinking, which I really enjoy. Even when I am at college, I have regular contact with my colleagues. They have been really supportive, checking in with me and making sure that I am gaining the experience that I want/need from my apprenticeship and providing great advice.
What advice would you give to somebody considering applying for an apprenticeship?
It’s important that you are a
hands-on, flexible and self-motivated person to do an apprenticeship. If you
are considering doing one, I think it is a great way to gain the skills and
experience that you need. A few of my friends have done apprenticeships, and
some have gone to University. I think it’s important to remember that a
full-time, academic course isn’t for everybody, and an apprenticeship can give
you the practical skills that you need alongside your studies. They’re a great
way to gain the experience you need in a working environment, without the
student debt that comes with studying at University.
Interested in applying for an Apprenticeship with us? Find out more here.