Aspirational students in Lincoln are out to get themselves noticed – for all the right reasons – thanks to a 14-18 college establishing relationships with city retailers.
When staff at Lincoln’s University Technical College (UTC) spotted that its students could be damaging their cool image by crumpling-up their smart suits, they gave them a lesson in how to keep up appearances by working collaboratively with the city’s House of Fraser store.
UTC spokeswoman Holly Pickering said: “This September has seen the UTC - which specialises in science and engineering disciplines - welcome its first intake of students”.
“They are all aged between 14 and 19-years-old and, whilst studying for their GCSE and A-Levels, work to industry standards when it comes to completing their technical and practical sessions”.
“On Wednesday afternoons we all take part in Sports sessions at Dean’s – which is part of Lincoln College – and a colleague noticed that the students had no way of safely securing their suits whilst they were playing sport”.
“We decided we needed a solution to ensure our students could look after their suits. We rang House of Fraser in High Street and asked if they were able to supply us with proper suit bags for our students. They came up trumps and provided them in super quick time – feedback from students and their parents has been really positive and their suits still look brand new four weeks into term!”
The UTC is now aiming to strengthen its partnership with city centre businesses. It is keen to think outside the box to strengthen community relationships and looks forward to welcoming a host of businesses to its next Open Day.
Businesses, students and families are invited to discover more about the Lincoln UTC by going along to its Open Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014. It takes place at Chad Varah House in Wordsworth Street, Lincoln, and runs from 10am to 2pm.
Visitors will have the chance to see the UTC’s science and engineering workshops, listen to a lecture by Principal Dr Rona Mackenzie, and even discover how to programme a robot.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We are delighted to hear that one of our newest levy payers has forged links with one of our longest-established ones, House of Fraser. It is good to hear about local businesses and organisations working together.
“We wish the UTC well with its Open Day. It’s great to have a new school in the city centre and it is set to be an important part of city life.”
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