Newsletter January 2018

Lord Baker visits Heathrow UTC

On Wednesday 17 January we had a visit from Lord Baker, founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust.

On arrival, Lord Baker took a walk around the UTC building with Principal, Wayne Edwards and two fantastic Year 13 students, Wiktor and Ella, discussing life at the UTC, what activities they get involved with and what Wiktor and Ella plan to do in the future.

All staff then met with Lord Baker for lunch and a team talk. We look forward to his next visit at the UTC.


Build a plane project

Students will be reaching for the skies as they take part in a project to build their own two seater Sherwood Ranger light bi-plane. The project is being supported by the Light Aircraft Association, and will see teams work to build the plane from scratch, with the ultimate goal of seeing their aircraft take off.

The project began in January with seven students currently being trained as project leaders. They will then work with smaller groups to manufacture the aircraft to the standards required by the Light Aircraft Association, who will carry out regular inspections of the manufactured sections.

Ian Wilkins, leader member of staff for the project, explains: “Our students are delighted to get started on building their own plane. They are honoured to be the first students to take part and committed to devoting several hours each week to – literally – getting the project off the ground.”

While the project may take several years to complete, it will allow a large number of students to take part and develop vital practical and soft skills that will transfer to the workplace. Ian continues: “There are so many different practical skills involved in shaping the plane’s components and constructing it, but there are other skills, too: working together as a team; being responsible for carefully checking one another’s work; having the confidence to question each other. The level of patience required is phenomenal and, as one student remarked: ‘Almost good enough isn’t good enough – it has got to be perfect!’”

Wayne Edwards added; “There is a great sense of energy and enthusiasm about this project, which has such a broad appeal to our students as they develop their engineering skills. We are grateful for the support of the Light Aircraft Association in making this a reality.”

We will be recording the progress of the project on our twitter: @heathrowUTC


Heathrow Careers and Job Fair

Our stand at the 11th Heathrow Careers and Job Fair,  29-30 January, showcased the opportunities we offer to help young people to pursue careers in the aviation engineering sector.

The event was a huge success with both parents and prospective students asking questions about the specialised engineering pathways we offer at the UTC, as well as the fantastic opportunities to work with employer partners such as Heathrow Airport, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Many were keen to attend the Open Event on Wednesday 21 February and signed up while at the stand!


Open Evening Wednesday 21 February, 17:30 – 19:30pm

Our open events are a great opportunity to find out more about studying at the UTC. You’ll meet students and staff and have the opportunity to tour around our fantastic facilities.


Applications for September 2018

You can still apply for a place at Heathrow UTC in September 2018. For more information, download our 2018-19 prospectus.

To apply for a place, complete the Year 10 application form or Year 12 application form on our website. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to confirm the next steps of the application process.


Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Reading through our website and social media channels:

Web: http://www.heathrow-utc.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeathrowUTC/
Twitter: @HeathrowUtc