UTC has a role to play in 'year of engineering'

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 24 Jan 2018

Humber University Technical College is looking to play a key part in the 2018 Year of Engineering, as it gears up for its next open day.

A nationwide campaign has been instigated to plug a skills gap in the vital sector, which feeds into so many of the key drivers of the local economy that it has become one.

There is an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates annually in the UK, and the campaign will work with industry partners to offer one million direct experiences of engineering to young people with the aim of inspiring the next generation to begin a career in the sector.

The move closely follows the approach already taken at the Humber UTC, which has strong links with leading local, regional, national and multi-national engineering companies.

These include British Steel, Cristal and Phillips 66 Humber Refinery.

All students who successfully complete their studies are guaranteed an interview with one of these employer partners as well as a conditional offer from education associate, the University of Hull.

The open day, on January 30, follows a successful event in November when 60 people visited to meet students and staff and explore the £12 million facilities in Scunthorpe town centre, which include a computer lab, electronics and wind tunnel.

Humber UTC principal, Marc Doyle, said: “Our most recent open day was a fantastic event and we were delighted that 100 per cent of people who visited said they were interested in joining the UTC.

“We also had excellent support from our employer partners with nine companies attending on the evening.

“Everyone who attended also rated the event as ‘excellent’ which shows that our approach of allowing students to take visitors on tours and answer questions to give a true picture of life at the UTC works.”

Humber UTC was recently named the UK’s best performing for the progress of 14 to 16-year-olds. To mirror the world of work, an extended school day from Monday to Thursday with an earlier finish on Fridays operates at Church Square.

Students wear business dress as part of the employer-inspired setting and as days are longer, there is limited homework.

The UTC is open to pupils from years 10 to 13 and offers a specialist curriculum based around the skills gaps identified locally, as well as core subjects.

Students at the UTC, which opened in 2015, also work on real tasks which reflect the challenges employers face on a day-to-day basis.

Mr Doyle said: “Our next open day falls at the start of the Year of Engineering and I want to encourage young people and their friends and families to come and see us, even if they have not thought about a career in engineering before.

“Engineers have been at the forefront of the technology-led transformation that has changed the way we live over the past half-century and we are at the forefront of creating the next generation of innovative thinkers to work in this fast-moving world,”

A small number of places are still available for the 2017 intake for years 10 and 12 with applications for all years starting next September now open.

The open event takes place from 5pm and 8pm.

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