After celebrating our second birthday in September 2015, UTC Plymouth and the Royal Navy held a ceremony to mark the occasion. Our links with the Royal Navy were strengthened with the presentation of a Charter, signed by the Head of the Navy, First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas. We're very proud of this affiliation and look forward to how our partnership can improve our students education and personal development here at UTC.
With the addition of Rear Admiral John Clink OBE joining the Board as a governor in early 2016, the Royal Navy has a great amount of say in almost everything that happens here at UTC Plymouth, along with our other employer/academia governors. John is the Plymouth based Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) the highest ranking Naval Officer based in Plymouth, with responsibility for all naval training, including over 2,500 apprenticeships. He had this to say about affiliations between the Royal Navy and UTCs:
“Having visited, and opened, several UTCs around the country, I have been struck by the incredible enthusiasm from everyone at the colleges: students and teachers alike. The Royal Navy/UTC charter of engagement underpins our commitment to the enduring success of the affiliation programme and to the wider UTC community across the nation. It is extremely important to the Royal Navy to have this strong relationship as over half of the roles in our navy are based around engineering. UTCs not only provide an exciting environment, but an incredible opportunity for students to learn all aspects of science and engineering in world class facilities. I believe in the UTC programme and am privileged to highlight the Royal Navy’s support to such talented and driven young individuals – science and engineering is our future and it is evident these students are key to that future.”
Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Royal Navy Section
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Royal Navy Section, part of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme, was officially opened at UTC Plymouth on Tuesday 10th May 2016 with a parade, Royal Marines Band and a unit flag-hoisting before an audience of civic and military VIPs, students, staff and parents. Our college has over 30 cadets with our very own Director of Engineering, Lieutenant Kerry Eldershaw Royal Navy Reserves, the new officer commanding. The principle aim of the CCFs is to develop leadership skills among young people, and to give them a wider understanding of the Naval Service.
It was a fantastic day and one that will not be forgotten for our cadets and our college. You can read more about the event in our blog post here…