University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

University Technical Colleges are specialist colleges for 14-18 year olds which are sponsored by employers and universities. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a completely new way. Technical specialisms include: Engineering, Cyber Security, Health Sciences, Manufacturing, Digital Technologies and the Built Environment.

The aims of the UTC programme are:

  • To address the skills gap between those demanded by employers and those being generated by the education system, in particular those in engineering, sciences, manufacturing and technology.
  • To address the work readiness of students
  • The provision of additional educational offerings for local communities ­ technical combined with academic.

UTCs deliver this through:

  • Providing schools for 14-18 year olds covering the national curriculum and 2 specialisms of a technical nature that provide career pathways to local employers and university.
  • Employer engagement. Universities and Employers are present on the board of governors to shape the way students learn. Employers help design the school ensuring modern workshops and laboratories that reflect the work place.  Employers provide termly cross age group projects to students. They mentor students and teachers.
  • University sponsorship. To enable career pathways.
  • Modern build schools that reflect the workplace. A DfE funded capital spend budget of up to £10m is available with £600k ring fenced for specialist technical equipment to reflect the work place.
  • A culture that develops work readiness, commerce-awareness – schools run 0830 to 1700 and have extended terms (usually 40 weeks per year)

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