Energy Coast UTC’s Alumni put the next generation to the test!

Energy Coast UTC’s Alumni put the next generation to the test!

On Wednesday 8th February Energy Coast UTC welcomed more than 20 employers from across the county to put their Year 10 students to the test with a series of mock job interviews. The UTC even welcomed back some familiar faces to the interview panel too- previous students Lewis Short and Mia Southey knew exactly how to test out and challenge the employability skills of Year 10 cohort, drawing on their school experiences and applying it within their current job roles.

The one-to-one interviews were once again organised in partnership with Inspira, an initiative which aims to support young people to find their dream career pathways. Representatives from Morgan Sindall, Atos and Sellafield also questioned students about their career aspirations and provided verbal feedback immediately after. Students will receive a copy of written feedback next week, using this to set themselves some SMART targets for future interviews.

Katie Hunter, from Morgan Sindall, said: “I was really impressed with the standard of the student CVs and their ability to articulate their responses within the pressures of the interview situation.”

Simon Richardson, Acting Vice Principal, said: “The mock interviews are such an integral part of the journey for students before they start to apply for apprenticeships or university places. At the UTC we use our fabulous employer partners to ensure that our students are work ready- drawing upon the employability skills that we explicitly tech throughout the curriculum to impress the prospective employers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employers who generously gave their time to provide our students with this invaluable opportunity.”

Former student, Lewis Short, who studied GCSEs followed by Level 3 qualifications in Engineering, DEC and Maths at Energy Coast UTC commented: “It was great to be back at the UTC interviewing the current Year 10 cohort. From experience I know the vital importance of this experience and how crucial it is to apply the employability skills taught at the UTC in the workplace. I really enjoyed the session and hope to be back again soon.” Lewis is currently working for N G Bailey as a Level 4 Apprentice Project Engineer. Mia is Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprentice working for Cumbria County Council.



Find out how you could follow in their footsteps and join the next generation of engineers at our KS5 Open Evening on Tuesday 7th March at 6:00pm.