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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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We work closely with employers and universities

We work closely with employers and universities, so that young people can make an informed choice about their career path after they finish school. For some students, the prospect of their time at school finishing can’t come soon enough; for others, it is filled with anxiety over choosing the right next step. How do learners get the best advice about what to do when their time at school comes to an end? Of course, providing young people with structured and relevant careers guidance is, quite rightly, a legal requirement for all schools. As well as…

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UTCs bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work

The digital revolution has already changed the skills we need. A UTC education futureproofs young people’s careers by focusing on active learning; technical entrepreneurial skills; and personal and collaborative skills. Careers of the future will involve agile thinking and problem-solving, but the skills prioritised by many schools are increasingly done by computers. That’s where UTCs are different.   The digital revolution has already changed the skills that young people need to be successful in the world of work, and this trend is set to continue at an extraordinary pace. Arguably the most comprehensive study on…

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UTCs are more than just a school

UTCs are more than just a school. Alongside a strong grounding in English, Maths and Science, students achieve sought-after qualifications in areas like digital and engineering. A regular comment heard during the current pandemic is “how quickly the world has changed in a short period of time”. In education, the move to home-schooling, the government’s creation of a new online academy in just a month, and the reinvention of GCSE and A Level assessments are good examples. Necessity really is the mother of invention. This is all the more impressive as change doesn’t come naturally to…

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A UTC education opens doors into the world of work. Our students stand out from the crowd because we work closely with employers.

A UTC education opens doors into the world of work. Our students stand out from the crowd because we work closely with employers. What are employers looking for when recruiting young people into their companies? There are plenty of surveys, reports and opinions available on this topic, but the answer is almost always the same: while academic knowledge and technical skills are important to get through the initial application process, personal attributes and transferrable skills matter more in the final decision. Character and ‘work ready’ attitudes such as a positive approach to a role, punctuality,…

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