This week, UTC Swindon featured on local radio station, BBC Wiltshire on the Graham Rogers Show.
The feature was a radio interview with UTC Swindon’s Business Relations Manager, Mike Halliday, about the recent involvement from the BMW Group who provide Engineers from the Swindon Mini Plant to mentor students as part of the Duke of York Scheme.
When talking about the importance of mentoring, Mike explained that, “this is recognised by the Careers and Enterprise Company in the UK as one of the top three influencers of a young person’s aspiration”.
He also expressed that; “It cannot be underestimated how important this [mentoring] is, to a young person’s careers prospects – to meet an adult from industry, rather than a teacher or an independent careers advisor….. It brings it to life and paints a picture far more than any textbook or any practical activity in the workshop can”.
The support of BMW in the programme is “a huge step forward” for the UTC and a “great opportunity” for the students.
Listen to the full interview with Mike here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05s19rz (from 45 mins in)