All UTCs are supported by a University and very often an FE college. This unique approach opens up to students a high quality pathway to success, which can lead to apprenticeships, foundation and higher degrees.
Local employers both big and small have a major role. They help to shape the curriculum and relate it to future jobs that match the needs of the local economy. Students in turn acquire the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.
My objective as CEO of Edge is to champion technical, practical and vocational learning – to show how it leads to inventive, rewarding careers. Practical and technical education deserves its place alongside the very best academic learning. UTCs represent a huge step in the right direction.
University Technical Colleges announced:
Proposed Opening Date*
Engineering and Construction
Daventry New Technologies UTC
Sustainable and Related New Technologies
Engineering, Information Technology & Science
Medical Engineering, Health Technologies
Construction & Property Management
Engineering, Green Energy, Manufacturing
Design, Engineering, Manufacturing
Life Sciences (health)
Engineering and Environmental Technology
IT and Specialist Construction
Engineering, Science and IT
Advanced Engineering & Materials and Creative & Digital Industries
Marine Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing
Technical and vocational qualifications will count in school performance tables only if they pass a number of rigorous tests. They must stretch and challenge young people, offer clear paths to further learning and careers, and be valued by employers.Edge and the Baker Dearing Educational Trust support these aims, which is why we commissioned the Royal Academy of Engineering to identify technical qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that would be respected by the STEM community. Our original aim was to help UTCs select the best qualifications. We now realise that the RAEng report will be of much wider value, not just in helping other schools to identify good quality STEM qualifications but also by providing a template for assessing the value of qualifications in other subjects.
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