Both Year 10 and Year 12 participated in work experience and received fantastic feedback. They were able to work alongside some prominent names in industry, including Laing O’Rourke & Murphy, Lovell and RMD Kwikform. Students were described as being well presented, well-mannered and “far too efficient”! We couldn’t be more proud and we hope our students have been inspired from what they have observed.
On 8th March the UTC celebrated International Women’s Day 2019, With the theme of ”Balance is better” we welcomed guests to talk to our students about this balance, particularly within the construction industry. Students had the chance to ask guests about their experiences in the world of construction and I was fortunate to be able to share a personal story of change within my own family throughout the generations.
We were also privileged to host our Councillor for Education and Skills Lynne Moran. I was able to give her a tour of the UTC which Lynne was very impressed with. She remains a great supporter of the West Midlands UTC and what it is trying to achieve.
I was invited by the University of Wolverhampton to enjoy their hospitality at The Hawthorns for the West Bromwich Albion vs Birmingham City football match. It was a great game which ended 3-2 to the baggies. Many thanks to the University for kindly hosting me as this presented itself as a great opportunity to network with various businesses and employers on behalf of the UTC. Seriously I wasn’t there just for the football.
Two of our Year 12 students embarked on a rare opportunity to compete in an international, challenge based competition, Pi Wars which was hosted in Cambridge. Our team built a computer sized robot which was enabled to complete an assault course, find its way out of a maze and play fight with other robots. Our students came 19th out of 38 participants which, if you ask me is outstanding considering they were competing with students from as far afield as China. Despite having one of the smallest robots, our students came to realise what they had accomplished and it instilled in them an abundance of confidence and inspiration. Well done Jack and Lukas.
With exams just around the corner, I want to wish pupils the best of luck during this often stressful period –please keep up the hard work, your efforts will be rewarded.