Silverstone University Technical College (UTC) was one of the first UTCs to open nationwide, as part of a government-funded programme to give those aged 14-19 unparalleled pathways into university and rewarding industry careers. Students can now leave the traditional schooling environment to study GCSEs or A-Levels alongside industry-recognised qualifications focused on meeting the requirements of employers and universities.
Silverstone UTC is a purpose built centre of excellence for young people wanting to break into the specialist fields of High Performance Engineering and Business with Events Management. It is based in the very heart of British Motorsport, at the Silverstone racing grounds, in a stunning multi-million pound facility.
Louie Short, one of our Year 10 students, has had a great year since joining Mad Croc Promotions UK. He has had several podiums including one at Shenington. Louie was fastest in practice on slicks in the wet and despite engine issues all day he managed a 5th, 3rd and a 2nd, driving from 12th to 2nd in one heat! It was all down to Louie in the final drive to bring it home in 3rd and claim a place on the podium! All of us at Silverstone UTC would like to congratulate Louie on his success.
Louie's parents said: "Louie started at the UTC in September and is loving it! We have moved as a family from Essex to Northampton for him to attend the school."
Becoming a statistician for a big business or the Government is a role that Georgia Mold is already on the way to fulfilling after becoming another student to graduate from Silverstone UTC with top-class qualifications.
19-year-old Georgia achieved straight As in Maths, Further Maths and Physics as well as an AS in Chemistry.
Georgia says: “I was looking at engineering but didn’t want to narrow it down too much – the UTC exposed me to engineering without getting too tied into it while I followed a traditional A Level course of study. It was a very flexible way of doing things and some of the teachers have really shaped what I am doing now. They were very supportive of the direction I wanted to take."
Having graduated from the UTC in summer 2016, Georgia is now studying for a BSc in Maths at Nottingham Trent University.
With a clear ambition of becoming a Formula 1 race engineer, Silverstone UTC graduate Disha Naik is also very much an inspiration for young women pondering which career path to take.
Twenty Three-year-old Disha is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick after passing her A-Levels with an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics as well as an A in AS Chemistry and another A in her chosen EPQ (Extended Project Qualification – for her, vibrations in engines).
“I started watching motorsport from an early age. I was always fascinated by what the cars could do and wanted to understand the technology that enabled them to do that,” enthuses Disha.
The UTC, with engineering amongst its specialist subjects, was a natural fit and Disha is full of praise for how the establishment helped her personal development.
She adds: “The speakers the UTC brings in from its partners are really useful – they give you a great insight into what industry wants. The variety of companies gives you a flavour for all sorts of roles in engineering, and you see something extra you can be doing to be ready for when you graduate."
One of our alumni, Milo Ward is racing his Kawaksaki in the Pirelli National Superstock 6oo Championship this year.
Milo is currently studying Motorcycle Engineering at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea. He continues to enjoy the racing seasons.
Ariane Batchelor has become the latest apprentice to join the Northampton-based, high-tech manufacturing company, Igus.
Ariane, who achieved a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Enginering at UTC, is passionate about engineering and has joined Igus’ Drytech bearings technical support team.
Igus' Managing Director Matthew Aldridge said the level of interest from applicants had exceeded all expectations. “We introduced apprenticeships with the intention of providing workplace training opportunities for young people and hoped that the company could also benefit from their energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “My initial concern was that we might be limited by the number of applicants but the talent pool is very wide."