Arjan Meijer, Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering and Scott McMillan, Managing Director of CLS Offshore, have joined the UTC Norfolk Trust Governing Body and will be engaged in all aspects of the development of the UTC.
They join Yvonne Mason of Future Marine Services, John Morse of Gardline, Richard Hill of Lotus, and Shawn Taylor of ST- Racing as Employer Directors for UTC Norfolk.
Mr Meijer said:
“KLM UK Engineering is highly dependent on skilled and knowledgeable staff. Not only today, but even more so in the future with increasing technical complexities. My role as UTC Governor allows me to align our future business requirements with the curriculum of the college. This not only safeguards our future needs as a company, but also increases the potential for jobs upon graduation.”
Mr McMillan said:
“Due to the challenges facing the energy sector’s resource supply, I fully support the UTC’s vision and that is why I accepted the Governors position. The future generation require a good academic and practical grounding to reach their full potential. The UTC will assist the sector by developing and nurturing the appropriate skills it requires along with exposing the students to the realities of working life.”
UTC Norfolk Principal, Alex Hayes, commented:
“I am thrilled to welcome Scott and Arjan, for two reasons. Firstly on a business level, they complement the sector coverage of our existing Board, meaning that we now cover the full spectrum of engineering employment sectors in Norfolk – aviation, automotive, marine and energy.
“Secondly, on a personal level, they bring a huge amount of experience and enthusiasm to the Board. I know that they will make a huge contribution in ensuring that the young people of Norfolk receive the very best preparation for their future careers.”
Employer engagement is at the heart of the UTC with its curriculum and ethos heavily influenced by the needs of local businesses.
In addition to undertaking an academic and technical education, students at UTC Norfolk will apply their learning through a number of employer-led Technical Challenges.
These Technical Challenges will see students apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world problems identified by employers.
Employers will visit the UTC to discuss their business activities and give students an insight into the range of employment opportunities available in East Anglia. They will then present students a problem to work on for an agreed period of time, before returning to hear the students’ solutions.
The aim of these Technical Challenges is to contextualise learning and develop students’ employability skills by encouraging them to work collaboratively and manage their time effectively.