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The importance of seizing opportunities and embracing entrepreneurial spirit were two of the central messages in a speech by the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to students at University Technical College Norfolk.

Welcoming the opening of UTC Norfolk, Group Captain Hunt said, “Without engineers, the world would be monochrome. Engineers help the world see in colour.”

During his address on Friday he highlighted four key themes of his Presidential Year: seizing opportunities, the promotion of entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring the next generation and engineering the future of the industry were all central messages in his speech to the students who commenced their studies at the UTC two weeks ago.

135 year 12 students at the Old Hall Road based specialist engineering school received the motivational address from RAF Engineering Officer Mark Hunt, who at 42 years old, was the youngest person ever to be elected President of IMechE in the Institution’s 167 year history.

IMechE is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions, comprising of over 100,000 members in more than 140 countries. The Institution works with companies, universities and think tanks to create and share knowledge on all aspects of mechanical engineering.

Year 12 student Daniel Crossley, 17, from Kings Lynn said:

“The speech was interesting. Group Captain Hunt does what I want to do, so it’s been really helpful. The UTC is good because I could go to sixth form and generalise, but the UTC is specific to what I want to do. Once my studies here have finished, I want to go to Loughborough University and then into the RAF.”

The IMechE President met with engineering students undertaking a practical problem solving task designed to develop effective teamwork.

He then received a tour of the £10m building, which has been designed to reflect the UTC’s dynamic blend of academic and technical learning focused on engineering, science and maths, with a particular orientation to the advanced engineering and energy sectors.

Group Captain Hunt said:

“The easiest way to sum up my visit today would be, I wish I was 16 again. The people I have seen today, the students I have spoken to, they’ve got that sparkle in their eye and they’re really bright people.”

He added:

“That talent will be nurtured over the course of their study here, both practically and academically. The staff are committed and they’ve got a real sense of drive and I think this place is going to go a long way. With the other UTCs across the country and their individual specialisms, I think this is going to be really important for growing the individual sectors and sustaining the future of the UK economy.”

Alex Hayes, Principal, UTC Norfolk said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Mark Hunt, President of IMechE, has taken the time out of his incredibly busy schedule to come and talk to our students. His passion for engineering – and the future of engineering – was a great message for our students to hear and we look forward to working with IMechE in the future.”

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