Getting involved in UTCs offers employers the opportunity to ensure the next generation has the expertise, employability skills and knowledge needed to meet the future needs of business.

Employers are fundamental to UTCs. They play a central role in UTCs right from the very beginning to identify business needs and the skills shortages in the local region. This shapes the technical specialisms of the UTC and ensures it meets the needs of local employers.

What do employers do?

Employers influence the teaching and learning that students receive, provide leadership in the structure of the curriculum and endorse the qualifications offered at a UTC. They also:

  • work with teachers to create employer projects that focus on real-life challenges and are relevant to industry

  • give students high-quality and relevant work experience

  • support and mentor students, guiding them on career routes and options

  • nominate governors to direct the leadership of the UTC

  • provide access to their facilities to inspire and inform students

  • ensure that the curriculum gives students the hard and soft skills they need in the workplace.

Which employers get involved?

More than 500 employers are working with individual UTCs or groups of UTCs. Each UTC is usually backed by a number of private sector businesses of all sizes, and sometimes public sector organisations such as hospitals.

Find out more

UTCs are your opportunity to influence secondary education, share the enthusiasm you have for your sector and help equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge to take your organisation successfully into the future.

Find out more about starting a UTC.