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UTCs are transformational

UTCs are transformational. A much higher percentage of UTC students, from disadvantaged backgrounds, go on to university when compared with other secondary schools. As the most extraordinary school term in living memory draws to a close it is fitting that the final post of this series, which has highlighted the value of a UTC education, focuses on where students go next. UTCs provide young people with an educational journey with a destination at the end. What’s the point of getting great examination grades, or making substantial academic progress at school, if there isn’t the right…

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UTCs provide a fresh start for many young people in a supportive, smaller school environment

Changing schools when you’re 14: UTCs provide a fresh start for many young people in a supportive, smaller school environment. As well as offering strong employer and university engagement and a focus on STEM subjects, the other big difference between UTCs and most other secondary schools is that our students join at the age of 14. Indeed, as do schools in many other parts of the world, UTCs start at age 14 for a very good reason: to ensure that young people do not disengage from their studies during the critical final two years of…

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Baker Dearing response – a Plan for Jobs 2020

A number of measures have been announced today to help young people leaving education as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs 2020. The government will introduce a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain: a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality six-month work placements. It is aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers will be paid £1,000 per trainee taken on, as part of a plan to treble the number of traineeships from 10,000 to 30,000. The…

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UTCs support the local economies of which they’re a part

UTCs support the local economies of which they’re a part. To deliver economic prosperity, our education system must meet the demands of local employers. And that’s just what we do. Local employers are central to UTCs: a mutually beneficial relationship exists between the two groups. Employers have strong representation on UTC governing bodies, support and shape curriculum projects, provide work experience placements and offer careers advice and mentoring. And, in return, they benefit from the talent pipeline of ‘work-ready’ young people leaving UTCs to become apprentices and employees within their organisations. Through this symbiotic relationship,…

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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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