University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 14–19 year olds a great deal more than traditional secondary schools.
We teach students technical and scientific subjects in a professional and practical environment so that they can become the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow. No other teaching model combines such a rich mix of traditional education with real-world work experience. UTC Plymouth can maximise a child’s options, whether they choose to become an apprentice, enter full-time employment or opt for further study after school.
Skills for the future
The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper in the 21st century. There are 2.56 million engineering roles that need filling in the UK by 2022. Whether in manufacturing, engineering, science, construction or computing, we need a workforce that can develop new products, stretch and re-use existing resources, and meet all the challenges of the future. UTCs are meeting the needs of the skills gap and by 2016 is estimated that more than 30,000 students will be following this new education pathway.
A valuable technical education
At UTC Plymouth, we combine technical, practical and academic learning in an environment where students can thrive and develop the skills and abilities that industry needs.
To do this we will:
focus on the technical specialisms of engineering and the built environment
work with employers and a local university to develop and deliver their curriculum
provide essential academic education alongside technical specialisms
small classes and more one-to one tuition in a high tech working environment
install the latest equipment and technology used by businesses today and in the future
dedicate at least 40% of students’ time to the technical specialisms including working in teams and problem solving
By working with a university and local employers, UTC Plymouth students will benefit from access to:
the latest research, industry experts and specialist facilities
real-life employer projects that stretch their technical skills and creative thinking
teaching and mentoring from specialists who currently work in industry