UTC Founding Father Invites Students To House of Lords

Pictured from left to right above: Jason Sutcliffe, Lead Automation Engineer, Siemens plc; student Jacob Staniforth, 17; Lord Baker; student Edward Anderson; and Alex Reynolds, Vice Principal of UTC Sheffield.

Two UTC Sheffield students have been whisked away to London as a reward for their recent WorldSkills UK competition success.

Edward Anderson and Jacob Staniforth, both 17, took part in the Siemens Industrial Process Control competition at the Skills Show in Birmingham in November.

The youngest to take part in their category, they fought off tough competition from companies and universities to win a bronze WorldSkills UK medal.

Last month, they were invited by Lord Baker, the founding father of university technical colleges and former education secretary, for afternoon tea at the House of Lords.

Edward said: “It was exciting looking around the House of Lords and great to meet Lord Baker.” Jacob added: “It felt as though we were rewarded for our hard work, and proves it pays off. It was good to show the UTC off as well.”

Both students are completing A Levels and a technical engineering and manufacturing qualification. Alex Reynolds, UTC Sheffield Vice Principal, and Jason Sutcliffe, Lead Automation Engineer, from Siemens plc, accompanied them on the trip to the capital on December 3rd.

Alex Reynolds, Vice Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “The opportunity to visit such an iconic building and meet the person who inspired the entire university technical college vision was amazing and also well deserved. We feel very proud of them.”

Jason Sutcliffe, Lead Automation Engineer, Siemens plc, added: “This is clear evidence that engaging with students of this age with a lead from industry, and the modern teaching environment of the UTCs, can yield amazing results.”

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