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New University Technical Colleges open

11 UTCs opened across the UK this September, offering new opportunities to young people

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 11, 2016 | Teaching

These new UTCs offer more young people the chance to study for Level 2 and 3 technical qualifications alongside academic GCSEs and A Levels. 48 of these Technical Colleges are now open across the UK.

These University Technical Colleges have opened in Durham, London, Peterborough, Sheffield and Warrington, as well as several other areas across the country.

UTCs help students get ahead at university, secure an apprenticeship or even go straight into full time work by offering technical education and skills alongside core academic subjects. Colleges offer either one or two specialisms, with the aim of meeting local employer needs. Those that have opened during September specialise in several areas, including engineering, manufacturing, health sciences and digital media.

Young people who have the opportunity for hands-on learning and work experience are more engaged, can achieve higher grades and have better job prospects

 

New UTCs are backed by a range of big employers, such as Bentley, Network Rail and Rolls Royce, as well as local Universities. These organisations work with UTC staff to develop curriculums that include workplace projects as well as classroom-based learning. Through employer and university-led projects, students are able to enhance their professional expertise as well as their practical, technical and academic knowledge.

Lord Baker, the Founder of the University Technical Colleges programme and Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust, said: “It’s great news that more UTCs are opening... evidence shows that young people who have the opportunity for hands-on learning and work experience are more engaged, can achieve higher grades and have better job prospects.”

Aidan McManus, the Operations Director of Tenet Consultants who sponsor Scarborough UTC, has also commented; “In a competitive job market the industry knowledge and connection with employers helps young people to stand out from their peers.”    

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