Lincoln UTC students get e-safety and career advice from special guests

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Students and staff at the Lincoln University Technical College were treated to a double dose of inspiration when they were visited by two exciting speakers this week.

Musician Rich Cottell, known for his debut EP ‘In The Now’ tore through the college in a School-of-Rock inspired educational performance to Years 10 and 11.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

He has been on tour since February 2015, delivering e-safety messages to over 250,000 pupils in the UK.

His energetic gig had everyone participating, with one student even joining him in the spotlight for a duet.

Following his performance Rich had time for autographs, selfies and a key message about the importance of staying safe online.

Rich said: “The reason I do it is because I watched people do talks and I watched it bounce off kids, I know I could do this in a such a way that the kids have a great time but also remember key online safety advice and tools to use to stay safe.”

Havier Beltran. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Havier Beltran. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The college’s engineering team also launched their Year 12 curricular engineering project with the support of Honda Team Manager Havier Beltran.

Havier spoke to the Year 12 students about the Honda Louth Racing Team before being interviewed by two Lincoln UTC Students, Year 12 Melissa Lannigan and Year 11 Macaulay Webb, both motor sports fans.

He told them: “I think we have got fantastic facilities in Louth it would be nice over the coming years that we have the opportunity for students from the college to attend and work with us at the workshop which will hopefully feed-back into the industry. That is a nice goal to work towards in the end.

“The best way to become a mechanic the opportunity to work with somebody or gain experience in that field. You cant expect to go straight form a classroom or college or a normal day to day job and move suddenly on that environment.”

A Lincoln UTC spokesperson said: “We’re proud to offer such fantastic industry opportunities and enrichment activities to all our students as part of their ethos to engage employers within the curriculum.”