Joel Pitchers and Alexander Fothergill

Best friends Joel Pitchers and Alexander Fothergill have been inseparable during their time studying electrical engineering – so much so that they have both secured coveted places at Nottingham University.

Joel and Alexander both have ambitions to become engineers after achieving distinctions in electrical engineering. What’s more, 17-year-old Alexander has won a sponsorship with the international automation giant Siemens.

Alexander said: “Our lecturers were fantastic. They had a lot of industry experience, so they helped us to understand the big issues in the sector and learn how to tackle the kinds of problems an engineer would face in the world of work.”

Joel added: “The staff at Middlesbrough College couldn’t have been more supportive. Even during lockdown, if we had any questions, all we had to do was send an email, and they’d get back to us really quickly

Our lecturers were fantastic. They had a lot of industry experience, so they helped us to understand the big issues in the sector and learn how to tackle the kinds of problems an engineer would face in the world of work.