Check out our series of brand new videos for Think UTC 2017. We talked to UTC students, parents and employers about the value of a UTC education.
Find out why young people are choosing to study at University Technical Colleges. Hear from students, parents, teachers and employers about these innovative schools that combine an academic, technical and practical education for 14-19 year olds.
Robert Halfon, MP guest comments in issue 7 of Technical Matters and sets out the steps needed to ensure parity of esteem between technical and academic education and the part UTCs can play.
Christopher had chosen UTC Warrington as it specialised in one of his key interests, engineering, and offered lots of opportunities for meeting and working with employers.
Entering the first year of his A Levels, Adam was planning on studying business, computer science and product design but, after talking to teachers and discussing his options, he swapped his product design course for double engineering.
Before she joined UTC Norfolk (UTCN) Chloe wasn’t sure what career she wanted. Fast forward two years and Chloe already has her foot in the door at a leading employer.
With the support of his friends, family and teachers, George moved to UTCN when it opened in 2015. It provided him with first class facilities and access to equipment and resources he couldn’t get elsewhere.
Attending a school which specialised in the creative and digital arts was an exciting prospect and after convincing her parents it would be a good move, Georgia joined UTC@MediaCityUK
Each day Megan gets up at 5:15am and drives to Redbridge where she catches the tube to Ealing Broadway. From there she takes the train to Hayes where she starts school at 8:45am. Some evenings Megan doesn’t get home until 6 or 7pm, often after her dad who commutes to work in London.
Josh joined UTCN as he was looking for a sixth form that would give him a good balance of practical and theoretical learning. He is now working towards an engineering degree at the University of Nottingham. Josh talked to us about his time at the UTC.
UTC Oxfordshire student Tiffany is about to embark on an apprenticeship with her dream employer, Williams F1, but it’s taken a lot of hard work, a passion to succeed and some tough decisions to get her to this point.
Abi wants to break into the automotive industry when she leaves school. She talked to us about inspiring girls to pursue careers in STEM.
Engineering is a way of life for Prianna Jhita – it’s in her blood. The 17-year-old student from WMG Academy for Young Engineers, Coventry has grown up with her family working in the engineering and construction industry.
Lucy has always dreamt of a career in robotics and having secured an apprenticeship with Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE) - the UK's national fusion research laboratory, her dream is well on the way to becoming a reality.
Libby brooks joined Lincoln UTC following a visit to one of their open day events. She knew the UTC was the right choice for her as it allowed Libby to pursue her passion of engineering and provide the grounding for a great career. Read her story.
Adam Waggott Liverpool Life Sciences UTC alumnus talks about his future as a medicinal chemist for Unilever
Former Liverpool Life Sciences UTC student, Adam, is a Higher Level Apprentice for Unilever and is studying for a degree in medicinal chemistry, a passion he never knew he had until he went on a work placement organised by his UTC. Read his story.
After failing his AS Level year and feeling constantly uninspired by his education, Josh Flack made a big decision to leave the familiar surrounds of his old school in 2014 and enrol at UTC Cambridge to retake the year. This turned out to be a life-changing decision. Read his story to find out where his UTC education took him.
Doug Jones always wanted to be an engineer, and Wigan UTC has helped him get there. Read the case study to find out what it was about the UTC that made Doug decide to move from Cornwall to study there, and how his UTC education has given him a head start in his career at the age of 18.
Katie Lockwood has just completed her GCSEs at Lincoln UTC. Thanks to her UTC, Katie has been able to start an advanced apprenticeship in her dream career as an aeronautical engineer...two years early! Read her story.
Shannon Thompson from Merseyside joined Liverpool Life Sciences UTC for A Levels in 2014; she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2015. Despite undergoing ruthless chemotherapy treatment at the crucial stages of her A Level studies, Shannon achieved A*A*A. Read her story.
Hear from parents of students at UTCs about how they feel their children have benefited from studying at a University Technical College.
Hear from employers at Siemens about their views on the benefits of University Technical Colleges.
Lee Kilgour took up the post of Executive Principal of The Greater Manchester University Technical College in September 2015, having previously been the Principal of the UTC in Aston. In this interview with students he talks about his plans for the UTC, why he applied for the post and shares some more personal insights.
Think UTC interviews
Read this insightful Think UTC interview with Edwina Dunn, businesswoman and entrepreneur. Edwina shares her views on technical education and explains why she supports the UTC programme.
UTC graduate, Meg Aucott, is an ambassador for UTCs. In this interview, Meg talks about why choosing the University Technical College pathway is a 'no-brainer' if you're looking for an education that will lead you to the job you want.
Richard Noble OBE is a talented engineer, technologist and the man behind the world's first super sonic car, Bloodhound SSC, which can travel faster than the speed of sound. He talks to Think UTC about why engineering is so important and how UTCs are helping to inspire the next generation of young engineers.
Robert Halfon was one of the first advocates for UTCs in Parliament. In this interview Mr Halfon talks about his UTC story and why he thinks the high-level technical skills and qualifications that UTCs offer are transforming young peoples' lives.
We talked to Ada Lovelace Day Founder, Suw Charman-Anderson about the importance of remembering Ada and her relevance in today's society by inspiring young girls to pursue STEM careers.