Working With Industry
Working with industry
We work with a network of local industry partners to design a learning programme which covers not only the core curriculum of English, Maths, and Sciences, but also sought-after technical qualifications taught by specialist staff with industry standard equipment.
The UTC programme has a strong emphasis on employer engagement, including real-life project-based learning, which engages students and develops their personal attributes. On leaving our UTC, students have already established connections with local employers, have applied practical skills through project-based learning and are used to working in a professional environment.
This makes them highly employable and sets them up for a broad choice of pathways at 18 – whether that’s going to university, higher and degree apprenticeships, or directly into a career. The impressive track record of student destinations after leaving UTCs is testament to the quality of this distinctive educational experience.
HOW OUR EMPLOYERS SUPPORT US
- Work placements – these can range from a single one-week placement for an individual student, to placements for teams of students that work on a project for an extended period. This also provides the employer with the opportunity to identify potential recruits.
- Challenges – these can be run for a single day, to a whole term. The employer is tasked with writing a brief relevant to the skills and abilities of the student cohort. The employer works with a teacher to define the project scope, before producing a brief that enables the students to work in teams to create a solution to the challenge.
- Curriculum projects – very similar to the challenge concept, the curriculum project is linked to the learning pathway of a class (or classes) of students.
- Mentoring – employer representatives can support our structured mentoring programme aiding students in development in better understanding the working world, and what they need to do to prepare for a career.
- Employability skills – running employability skills workshops and programmes. This can take the form of CV workshops, interview techniques, mock assessments, and team working exercises.