Libby first heard about Lincoln UTC when she received a leaflet about the new school opening. She was immediately interested because it specialised in engineering and science, subjects she enjoyed a great deal. Libby was happy at her school and was about to start her GCSEs the following autumn, but she decided to go to the open day to find out more.

I was really impressed with the equipment and loved the focus on engineering. I also enjoyed meeting the Principal who was really inspiring. At the end of the open day I knew I wanted to change schools and that the UTC was the right place for me.

Although her parents were initially concerned as Libby was just about to start her GCSEs, they were also impressed with the school and felt it was the right choice. Lisa Brooks, Libby’s mother said:

We were worried about Libby changing to a brand new school but the curriculum, equipment, and the Principal, helped to reassure us. We thought it was the right choice for Libby.

Life at Lincoln UTC

Libby was offered a place at Lincoln UTC and started in September. Despite being nervous she made friends quickly and was delighted when her best friend from her previous school also joined. The environment was quite different at Lincoln and she found it much more mature.

The atmosphere was much more friendly, we were treated as adults and wore business dress rather than traditional school uniform. We had a longer school day but this meant we could get our homework done before leaving to go home.

Libby enjoyed studying a raft of engineering subjects including design engineering and systems control and liked that they were linked to the real world. There were also opportunities to meet engineering employers, which helped to reinforce her interest in engineering.

Next Steps

In her second year Libby decided to apply to Dynex Semiconductor, a large engineering company that designs and manufactures semiconductors, for an apprenticeship. As she was also interested in business, she applied to become a Procurement Engineer. This is a highly technical role that requires knowledge of engineering and an understanding of business.

Libby secured an interview and undertook a gruelling recruitment process, which included a maths test, role playing task and a formal interview. At the end, Dynex offered the apprenticeship to Libby.

I was really pleased to be offered the apprenticeship as I had to beat off much older competition. I think the experience at Lincoln helped to prepare me as I’d had lots of interview practice and was also very comfortable speaking to employers.

Libby will be undertaking a Level 3 Procurement Engineering Apprenticeship and is likely to be one of the youngest apprentices starting at Dynex. Following this, she hopes to stay with Dynex to develop her career in the company.

I’m delighted to be getting started on my career with a company and role that is really exciting and just what I want. Lincoln UTC gave me the confidence, qualifications and experience to secure my apprenticeship and I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in science and engineering.

Visit the Lincoln UTC website to find out more.

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