JudithChoosing the right college is life changing essential decision and therefore should be carefully thought through prior to definite deciding. Aside many technical and practical aspect, when considering a certain university or college you should consider your interests, talents and skills, the quality of provided education at a given college and its adaptability to the industry and market trends.

University Technical Colleges(UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 14–19 year-olds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper in the 21st century. Whether in manufacturing, wind farms, rail links or hi-tech hospitals we need a workforce that can develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources, and meet all the challenges of the future – UTCs are meeting the needs of the skills gap.

A valuable technical education
UTCs integrate technical, practical and academic learning and create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that industry needs. To do this, a UTC:

-focusses on one or two technical specialisms

-works with employers and a local university to develop and deliver their curriculum

-provides essential academic education and relates this to the technical specialisms

-has the latest equipment and technology used by industry

-dedicates at least 40% of time to the technical specialism including design and building, working in teams and problem solving.

UTCs specialize in subjects where there is a shortage of skills. These include:

Engineering

Manufacturing

Health Sciences

Product Design

Digital Technologies

Built Environment

By working with a university and local employers, UTC students 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.

UTCs are smaller than traditional secondary schools. They are not academically selective and charge no fees.

UTCs typically have 600 students, are sub regional and have a catchment area that may extend across a number of local authorities.