Our aim is to provide clear progression for all students into higher education, further education, employment and apprenticeships. Take a look at what some of our Year 13 students have planned for when they complete their time at UTC Swindon:
Liam Kanyepi – University of Surrey
Former student Liam Kanyepi is currently in his first year of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Surrey.
“So far I have really enjoyed learning how to use various different types of software; how they can be of use in the real world,” he says.
“A big part of the degree is focused on developing problem solving skills. For example, one programming language that I have recently started learning involves lots of trial and error – I’ve found there’s always more than one way of reaching a solution.
“I’m hoping that this course opens up opportunities for me to use technology as a way of having a positive impact,” says Liam, who hopes to pursue a career in cyber security.
Caragh Nugent – Babcock International
“Babcock is one of the only major companies to have an apprentice training centre, designed specifically for us to be trained in during our first year to get first-hand practical equipment with a trainer who is dedicated to us.
“I was particularly drawn to the company due to the variety of opportunities that are available to me, during and after my apprenticeship. One of these is the potential to go to other sites in the UK and abroad. From next year I will be spending one day a week at UWE studying for my degree while I am able to move around the business gaining a better understanding of what everyone does and how it all comes together.
After her training is completed, Caragh hopes to become a chartered engineer, something which informed her original decision to study at UTC Swindon as it specialised in engineering. She says her experiences at the UCT helped getting the next step.
“The school itself really helped me as I struggled with confidence and the staff taught me ways of developing this, giving me more belief in myself to apply for the apprenticeship and get through their assessment centres,” she said.
“A few of the skills I picked up from my two years at UTC were time management, self-confidence, resilience and organisation – skills which are all key when going into the world of work, especially as an apprentice where you have to balance work with education.”
Joyston Fernandes – Rolls-Royce
“UTC Swindon has done an amazing job preparing me for my Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice as it built up my portfolio with work experience during my course, which many other schools did not offer.
“The courses were also great at exposing us to new engineering skills such as operating CAD softwares like Solidswork and workshop skills within the industry – using lathes, drills and other engineering equipment.
“I think the BTEC Level 3 Engineering and Maths A Level is something I would recommend to students who want to pursue an engineering career as they allow you to get a head start from other students outside UTC to the theory and practical aspects within engineering.”
“I had left UTC Swindon after finishing my studies and this apprenticeship opportunity came around after finishing. However, UTC Swindon continued to support me and were willing to help in any way they could. I had my initial phone call with Inchcape and was then sent an application to complete, in which I was successful.”
“Studying at UTC Swindon was, in all honesty, the making of me. I became focused and that is all down to the staff at the UTC. They helped me so much. The engineering experience at school was also massively handy!”
“Coming to UTC Swindon has completely changed me and I am so glad I made the choice to move”.
“Knowing I wanted to follow that career path, studying at UTC Swindon has been really beneficial. It has given me the connections with the Forces and the skills that I need when I join them. I chose the public services course because I want to learn different areas and specialise after that.”
James Jardim – Rolls-Royce
“I’m eager to learn a variety of skills, which is good because I’ll be moving to different placements every few months.”
“I’m glad I made the decision to join the UTC. When I was being interviewed for my apprenticeship, the company recognised the engineering focus and they were really impressed with the practical skills I’ve gained, so that was very helpful.”
Gareth Wilson – Patheon
“I was thinking about moving onto university after completing my course, but discovered the apprenticeship programme at Patheon when they came to deliver a presentation. This offered the opportunity to continue studying, while working and developing skills in the workplace. It means I can achieve a further qualification while earning money and I will have much more practical experience than I would if I came out of university after three years.”
Kate Kerrane – Royal Navy
“I’m definitely glad I made the move to UTC Swindon from my old school. I used to have no confidence at all, but this has dramatically improved. I also didn’t used to do very well academically, but we’re given lots of independence here and having more independent study time has really helped me focus and improve.”
James Goodchild – BMW
“I decided to leave my old school because I wanted to do something different and was attracted to the engineering focus at UTC Swindon. I really enjoy it here and the workshop and facilities are amazing.”