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You can see the proof in the places our students go…

You can see the proof in the places our students go… About this time every year, we survey the many thousands of UTC leavers to ensure their experience while studying at one of our 48 technical schools matches our high expectations. This year, despite the many recent challenges faced with school closures, exam cancellations and uncertainty over next steps caused by Covid-19, it is reassuring to hear such positive feedback from our leavers about their UTC education. With the combination of state-of-the-art facilities, excellent technical tuition, and strong employer and university links, it is no…

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UTCs are a national ‘family’ of almost 50 state-funded schools, working with 400+ employers and universities

Join something exceptional. UTCs are a national ‘family’ of almost 50 state-funded schools. We work with 400+ employers and universities to provide paths into work, apprenticeships and university, across an exciting range of fields. What makes a strong family? Most people have an opinion on this, but the question is also actually the subject of academic research. Indeed, studies in the United States identify several common themes, including a strong commitment amongst all members who not only enjoy spending time together, but also appreciate and admire each other, and develop effective and positive communication patterns….

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UTCs excel in providing technical education

It’s difficult to study STEM, like design and engineering, in mainstream schools. UTCs excel in providing technical education. Last week, whilst teachers across England were busily providing the grades and rankings for all GCSE and A Level students, the exams’ regulator helpfully released a summary of the total number of entries this summer. The conclusions which can be drawn from this summary make very interesting reading, for two main reasons. Firstly, a clear contrast appears to be emerging between government policy and student choice. It is well-known that government policy has pushed many secondary schools towards…

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UTCs help to fill huge national skills shortages in digital, engineering, health and creative jobs

UTCs help to fill huge national skills shortages in digital, engineering, health and creative jobs. The national skills shortage is often cited as a problem, but what does this really mean for students today? To answer this question, the Industrial Strategy Council, an advisory group comprising representatives of leading businesses, recently identified the qualifications, knowledge and workplace skills which are likely to face a mismatch in supply/ demand by 2030 as a result of the changing nature of work. They found that in just ten years, one in every five workers in the UK could…

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The Golden Age of STEM

Is a new ‘Golden Age’ of STEM dawning? In recent months, several compelling factors have emerged to foster the belief that STEM-related practical skills, in all their forms (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), are capturing the country’s attention. Before the Covid-19 crisis began, there were already signs of a move in this direction. The digital revolution, widening skills mismatches (even gaps) in certain sectors, returns on investment and employability from higher education, and the implications of Brexit were some of the reasons cited for prioritising STEM-related capabilities, by students and politicians alike. Now, the Coronavirus crisis…

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UTC facilities are second to none

UTC facilities are second to none. They’re newly-built, offering industry-standard equipment. And our industry partners make sure the curriculum fulfils what employers want, with expertise that’s right up to date. In our most recent survey of UTC students across the programme, the standard of facilities, both buildings and equipment, ranked as outstanding. This is unsurprising: all UTCs are newly-built schools costing around £10m, with each receiving upwards of £600,000 on opening to purchase the specialist equipment necessary to deliver a contemporary technical curriculum. However, it takes more than just money to create the right environment…

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Digital Infrastructure

A sector you’ve probably never heard of is now supporting the way of life you never saw coming… We’re certainly living in interesting times. A month ago, who would have thought that the world would be in lock-down, that our travel would be restricted and even family social activities curtailed. Working from home, once the preserve of the self-employed, working parents or those who enjoyed workplace flexibility is now, for many, not a question of choice. If you can work from home it’s expected that you do so. Self-isolation has forced many to work, communicate…

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Lord Baker’s views: This pandemic could profoundly change education for the better

This pandemic could profoundly change education for the better. Throughout history, the sector has been profoundly conservative and resistant to change. For centuries it had the slate, then came a century of blackboard and chalk. Now students are just a finger-click away from the vast knowledge of Google — so much greater than that of any individual teacher. Coronavirus has given schools Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom. The technology turns a laptop screen into a classroom where students and teachers see each other, and can question each other in truly collaborative online learning. Just…

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