Early start for the BBC
It was an unusual start to the week for two students Monday morning.
Instead of sitting with their friends waiting for lessons to start, 17 year old Grace Brown and 16 year old Sam Webb, were live on the BBC Radio Wiltshire breakfast show.
An hour earlier, Principal of the UTC, Joe Mulligan was live on air talking to journalist Karen Gardner, about the unrivalled opportunities his students have to work with top employers as well as increasing the number of girls attending to 26% in Year 10.
BBC Radio Wiltshire is doing a series of reports looking at the important role the military plays in Wiltshire life.
The UTC on Wilton Road in Salisbury has strong links with both the Army and the Royal Navy.
A level student Grace Brown has recently secured an engineer’s job with the Royal Navy working on its fleet of helicopters.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I came to the UTC,” said Grace, who lives in Salisbury. “It wasn’t until I started here and joined different groups like the Combined Cadet Force, that I realised I wanted to join the Navy.” Grace had to go through a rigorous interview process before she was selected.
GCSE student Sam Webb along with Sam Ryalls, who was interviewed by Karen later, both attended a week long work experience event with the Army in Devon. Sam Webb told BBC Wiltshire that he is considering a career in the Army but he’s keeping an open mind. “Being here at the UTC has given
me options,” he said.
Meanwhile Sam Ryalls, has his sights set on joining the Commando Regiment. “I want to do something that is physical and demanding.”
All three students agreed being interviewed on the radio was a great experience and something they can add to their CV.