Students and staff from South Wiltshire UTC welcomed their local MP, John Glen, into College recently and gave him a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.
The Salisbury and South Wiltshire MP was shown around by students Katie Hopper and Sam Hitchen. He spent time in an A level maths lesson, the engineering workshops and a chemistry lesson, talking to students about their aspirations and studies.
“I have been very impressed by the ambition of students at the UTC,” said John Glen. “It offers a great opportunity for young people who don’t want to study humanities and have an ability for engineering and science. Salisbury and the surrounding area is very fortunate to have a UTC here.”
The MP also spent time with a group of student ambassadors who quizzed him on topics such as how a no deal Brexit would affect the education system and the future for trading nationally. He admitted he rarely gets such a range of questions. “The students were very articulate,” he said.
As well as talking politics the student ambassadors explained to him why they’d chosen the UTC.
“I came here from another school because they didn’t have the right lessons. I want to be an aircraft engineer and every lesson here is towards what I want to do,” said Jess Morris.
Fellow student Eleanor Adamson had a similar experience moving to the UTC from another school. “I felt I was forced into subjects I wasn’t interested in,” she told the MP. “So I decided to come here and my grades have picked up and I’m studying engineering, electronics and computer studies.”
Principal of the UTC on Wilton Road, Joe Mulligan, said John Glen’s visit had been very beneficial and it was great to be able to share with him some of the plans for the future.
“This was a great opportunity for John to come along to see the progress we are making and the fantastic opportunities that being at the UTC opens up for our young people,” said Joe Mulligan.
The UTC will be holding its next open event on Saturday March 9 from 10am and prospective students and their parents can meet staff and students and have a tour of the facilities.