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University Technical College Norfolk students received an exclusive look at the world of geotechnical engineering as they learned about how the seabed is analysed to see what makes up the earth hidden by our oceans.

The specialist engineering school based on Old Hall Road invited 40 of its applicants to visit Gardline Geosciences to learn how geotechnical surveys are conducted and how they are used to inform the planning and building of offshore infrastructures, such as jack-up platforms and wind turbines.

Students received a tour of Gardline’s laboratories where scientists and technicians conduct a variety of tests on samples recovered from the seabed, before visiting the heavy engineering areas to see how specialist drilling units are constructed to conduct surveys in oceans across the world.

Thomas Sewell, 14, from Taverham said:

“I found it really interesting learning about how the seabed is analysed and seeing all the different parts of the workshop. I’m keen to pursue a career offshore as a Marine Engineer and Gardline had a really good atmosphere and team of people, I’d definitely consider a career with them in the future”.

He added:

“The UTC Norfolk’s link with local employers is good because it exposes you to lots of different types of engineering and I’m really looking forward to starting my studies there in September. It’s more hands-on than my current school and I’m excited to use all the specialist equipment.”

John MorseCommercial Director of Gardline Geosciences, is one of UTC Norfolk’s Employer Directors. He said:

“I’ve been in this industry for 40 years and I still enjoy my work and what I’m trying to do is create an environment where these guys can be my successors. I am passionate about creating opportunities for the succeeding generations, and if there is anything that my colleagues here at Gardline and I can do, to encourage these prospective employees of tomorrow, then count us in every time!”

UTC Norfolk Principal Alex Hayes said: “It is fantastic that local employers, such as Gardline, are so enthusiastic about what we are preparing to deliver to the young people of Norfolk”.

He added: “The high level of employer involvement that we can offer means that our students are being prepared for meaningful, well-paid employment at 18 or after university. I never cease to be amazed by the sheer breadth of opportunities available to them right here in Norfolk”.

Set to welcome its first cohort of students in just a few weeks, UTC Norfolk will combine an academic and technical education focused on engineering, science and maths for 14-19 year olds and will have a particular focus on the advanced engineering and energy sectors.

Businesses including Gardline, Lotus, Future Marine, KLM Engineering and CLS Offshore will support the UTC Norfolk curriculum by setting students a range of Technical Challenges that will require students to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world engineering problems.

Students interested in studying at UTC Norfolk, and their parents, will have a chance to find out more and to tour the new facilities at the next Open Day which is taking place on Friday 22nd August, from 3pm. Further details at: www.utcn.org.uk/event/august-open-day.  

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