One of UTC Warrington’s Year 13 students has secured a lucrative apprenticeship with Boeing. Ole Fletcher, who joined UTCW when he was 14 in 2016, will move to Cardiff to take on the role of Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice.
Name: Ole Fletcher, Year 13
Duration of time at UTC: 4 years
Future Career Role: Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Future Employer: Boeing
What made you choose UTC Warrington?
I chose UTC Warrington as I wanted a more hands on approach to education and to study subjects that were relevant to the career I wanted to go into. Whilst studying at the UTC, I have been able to explore a wide variety of engineering fields which has allowed me to develop transferable skills for me to use in my career. During my time studying, I have learnt about: additive manufacturing, computer aided design, quality control/principles, engineering mathematics and much more.
Has UTC Warrington helped prepare you for this role?
I was supported by staff from UTC at every step of securing this position, from the initial search to writing my covering letter and interview practice. The experience throughout my time at the UTC has allowed me to easily sell myself to employers. Everything about UTC Warrington is destinations based and they give you a great understanding of what to expect in the workplace and how to be as employable as possible.
What will your new role involve?
I will move to Cardiff to study at the International Centre of Aviation Training to start studying towards my aircraft mechanics licence. I have always had a passion for this industry and UTC has helped me plan my career path, as well as motivating me to continue to follow my career ambitions.
What key skills/qualities were the company looking for?
The company was looking for someone with a wide knowledge of engineering, alongside practical experience. Upon offering the role they explained that they were amazed at how much I had learnt and the skills I had developed over the last four years studying at UTC.
If you could do something differently during your time at UTC Warrington, what would you do?
There isn’t a single thing I would change about my time at UTC Warrington. It has helped me get where I am today, and I’ve made great friends along the way.
What advice would you give to younger students who are following in your footsteps?
My advice to any students in lower years is to follow their dreams and never give up no matter how many times you have to try. I would also tell them to buy into UTC as much as possible because there are endless opportunities to gain better experience to stand out from other candidates wanting the same career. I would recommend UTC to anyone thinking of a career in engineering. Everything from the staff to the learning style is amazing.
Ole joined UTC Warrington in September 2016 and completed his GCSEs in Summer 2018. He stayed with the UTC for Year 12 and Year 13 to study BTEC Level 3 Engineering