UTC Swindon newsletter May 2017

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Full steam ahead for engineering volunteering

A work experience placement has led to a new volunteering venture for Year 11 student, Luke Crowther.

Luke completed a work placement at Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers last June, after meeting the team at a STEAM museum festival and discovering they already had links with UTC Swindon. Luke commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience placement and the organisation said they were impressed with the skills I demonstrated. After it was finished, I decided I wanted to volunteer in my free time and continue working with them to develop my engineering skills further.”

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UTC Swindon awarded CAS Lead School status for the second time

UTC Swindon is delighted to have been awarded CAS Lead School status in the Network of Excellence in Computer Science Teaching for the second year running.

UTC Swindon became a registered CAS (Computing At School) Lead School last year, as a result of meeting several criteria, including offering support to other schools in our local community through sharing good practice. .

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Students build bridges with help of business

Students at UTC Swindon have been putting their civil engineering skills to the test with a bridge-building project set by a national construction firm.

The Year 10 students worked in teams, supported by staff from HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction, to build a bridge which could support as much weight as possible.

The aim of the project was to introduce students to careers in civil engineering and develop skills of teamwork and innovation.

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GWP and Swindon Borough Council run valuable CV workshop for students

Before Easter, the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire training provider network (GWP) and Swindon Borough Council came to UTC Swindon to deliver a CV writing session.

Year 12 and Year 13 UTC Swindon students attended the session to get advice on apprenticeships, jobs and writing effective CVs.

GWP and Swindon Borough Council began the workshop with an overview of apprenticeships, before going into further detail about how to write a good CV and apply for apprenticeships and jobs.

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Students learn car maintenance with Kwik Fit

UTC Swindon was recently visited by Kwik Fit who ran a practical session with Year 11 students.

During their allocated enrichment time, the Year 11 students went under the bonnet to explore various car maintenance tasks and safety requirements.

The Kwik Fit team taught students about a variety of important checks and things to be aware of, such as tyre safety and how to determine the tyre pressures of the car. Students also learnt about legal tread limits and car maintenance, including checking fluid levels such as oil, screen wash and coolant.

We are very grateful to Kwik Fit for their visit and hope to welcome them back for more valuable sessions like this in future.

Key dates and events

Saturday 24 June, 10am-2pm: Open event

Please register for this event online

Applications for September

Limited spaces are available for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2017. For details on how to apply, please visit the Apply section on our website.

To apply for Year 10, please apply via Swindon Borough Council, and then confirm your application with us by completing this short form.

To apply for Year 12, please apply to us directly by completing this short form.

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Swindon through our website and social media channels:

Website: http://www.utcswindon.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTCSwindon/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/utcswindon

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