Meet Our Alumni: Callum Burden - Student Stories - UTC Leeds

After completing sixth form at UTC Leeds, Callum has joined global engineering and consultancy company BuroHappold Engineering as a Structural Engineering Apprentice. BurroHappold operates in 23 locations worldwide and has over 1,700 staff. Callum is starting as a Higher Apprentice at Level 4 – equivalent to the first year of a degree – and will be studying at Leeds City College alongside his work.

Callum studied Double Engineering and maths at the UTC, gaining a Double Distinction in engineering. He enjoyed his time at the UTC, in particular using the extensive equipment that the UTC benefits from:

“The amount of equipment in this college is next to none. I have never seen as much anywhere else. In one of our units for our coursework we had to make a lamp and we used four different sets of equipment around the college.”

Callum feels that the UTC has given him a head start for his new job:

“In my new job I’ll be using similar Computer Aided Design software to the Autodesk software I’ve used before at the UTC, so I’m not just going in blind, I already have knowledge and experience. I’m one step ahead, I’m not starting from scratch. At the moment I’m designing an office building for a local business park.”

Explaining why he decided to join the UTC, Callum said:

“Even though my school’s sixth form was really good, I’d always wanted to do engineering. My Dad and my Grandad were both engineers and I’d always wanted to follow the path they went down. The UTC really gave me the opportunity to do that, otherwise I’d only have been able to do A Levels at school.

“I found the UTC really good. I came to UTC to get an engineering qualification and that’s what I got, that’s what I’m really happy about.”

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