Two Engineering students from Scarborough TEC have secured ‘high-flying’ jobs at one of the UK’s most popular theme parks, Flamingo Land Resort in Yorkshire.
Level 3 Engineering students, Leon Elsworth & Bobbi Finch, work as part of the Engineering Team at the resort and split their time between their training at Scarborough TEC and making sure the rides and attractions are safe and operational for the guests who visit the park every year.
Twenty-year-old Leon is currently an Electromechanical Engineer at Flamingo Land Resort after originally joining the British Army in the Army Air Corps. Having joined Scarborough TEC in 2017 to study a Level 2 Engineering qualification, Leon also started working at Flamingo Land Resort as a Ride Operator. The confidence Leon gained as a student saw him being offered a position in the Engineering Team, as Leon explained:
“I was constantly asking the Ride Engineers questions about their work. One day the ride I was working on broke down and someone needed to go up to try and keep the riders calm. I volunteered and because of the way I handled the situation, and my interest in working with the Engineers, the managers of the park wanted to reward me and offered me a job within the team.
“I want to become an Aircraft Engineer one day and when I finish at College I’m planning on going to University to study for a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Training at Scarborough TEC has given me the confidence and knowledge to be able to go to work and understand what the experienced Engineers are talking about.”
Bobbi, 17, added: “I always wanted to do Engineering at school but I was pushed towards subjects you would normally associate with females, but I love Science and Maths and doing more practical work, so Scarborough TEC was the obvious choice for me.
“I now want to go on to study for a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering and would really like to go on to work for a company locally in a managerial position. Scarborough TEC has given me the skills I’ve needed to be able to get this job and understand what needs doing and how to do it.”
Phil Pritchard, Park Executive for Flamingo Land Resort said: “We are very impressed with the ability, interest and enthusiasm of all the students that have worked with us during the 2018 season and 2019 to date.
“The standard of the young technicians is excellent and demonstrates great opportunities in today’s high-tech development & manufacturing industry. Our electrical and mechanical teams look forward to working with Scarborough TEC during the 2019 season.”