Hana Hinton left Scarborough UTC and is now enrolled on the Dyson Academy degree apprenticeship at the University of Warwick.
Hana already knew she was interested in a career in electrical engineering, so she studied maths, further maths, physics and electrical engineering at her UTC, gaining two A*, an A and a distinction* in her electrical engineering course.
“I joined the UTC for the engineering specific curriculum and the opportunities within engineering,” she says. “I wanted to be prepared for a work environment, which the atmosphere at UTC provided.
“Being at the UTC gave me the opportunity to compete in many extra curricular activities, which would not have been offered at a traditional school. In particular, I found competing in F1 In Schools gave me so many opportunities. We competed at the World Finals of F1 In Schools – it increased my knowledge of engineering, marketing and business, as well as increasing my confidence as I was pushed out of my comfort zone. From this, I got to be a member of the Williams Engineering Academy, where ten students from around the world are chosen to be mentored by engineers at Williams.
Hana is now based in Warwick, at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. She works as an undergraduate engineer for Dyson whilst completing an engineering
degree apprenticeship at Warwick University. She developed a range of interpersonal skills alongside her practical skills at the UTC, including problem solving, independence and public speaking.
“The UTC provided me with the skills I need to go straight into the workplace as an engineer,” she adds. “My knowledge of electronics and general engineering from my time at UTC has been invaluable, and I’ve noticed that I am confident in these areas, whereas a lot of students from traditional schools have not encountered them before. I was able to adjust quickly to the work environment and was confident talking to engineers thanks to my time at UTC, as the UTC provided many opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be a successful engineer.”