Ron Dearing UTC pupils earn-as-they-learn with new pioneering scheme

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 May 2018

PUPILS at Hull’s pioneering Ron Dearing UTC have been given an invaluable chance to earn as they learn with paid jobs at the college.

The six students, who are aged between 16 and 17, work in a variety of roles, including library  and IT assistants.

The group work about  two-and-a-half hours a week and the scheme has even propelled one of the students to secure another job.

Matthew Hunt, 17, was hired for  one of the jobs as an IT assistant.

He said: “The job involves going around and checking laptops for damage, checking printers are stocked up, and generally improving the quality of education for everyone.

“Getting the job has provided me with some good references, and also gave me good experience of a proper interview.

“My advice for anyone would be make sure you have a good CV together, and are interested in the job you are applying for.

“This job will definitely help me in the future.

“I am loving my time at the college, it is just an amazing place to learn.”

The new roles were created as the UTC found it  needed additional support in a few areas around the school, since opening last September.

Rather than advertising for the jobs externally, the college opened the positions up to its pupils.

Sarah Pashley, principal at Ron Dearing, said most of the jobs had seen between ten  and 15 applicants for each position.

She said: “The pupils had to apply with a proper application letter and then we had interview for all the roles.

“We had a lot of interest, and it was also good to see that a lot of the students who missed out on the jobs asked for feedback on how they can improve next time around.

“We will definitely have another batch of jobs next year, and before then we want to add some additional jobs to work with Year 10 students who have literacy difficulties.”

The students are paid £5 an hour – above the minimum wage of £4.20  set for under-18s. They can earn £50 a month at the same time as studying on their courses.

Ben Campbell-Wilson, 17, is a library assistant at the college, alongside studying engineering and digital technology.

He said: “I was looking for a job anyway, and wanted something outside of college to pay for things.

“When this opened up it was a great opportunity. The library seemed like a nice place to work, and a lot of it was very systematic.

“I had  a few interviews before this one, but having this one was a good experience, too.

“I have always said if you get a chance, take it, and this one was definitely worth taking.” 

The new £10m UTC opened its doors last September and is close to Hull New Theatre.

It has secured the backing of some major businesses in the city, including Siemens Gamesa, KCOM, RB and Smith & Nephew. 

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