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UTC's educating a skilled workforce

29 May 2012

15 new University Technology Colleges (UTC’s) sponsored by businesses such as Jaguar, Land Rover and British Airways, have been approved by the government.

UTC’s cater for 14-19 year-olds and are sponsored by universities and businesses. The emphasis is on a highly focused, vocational curriculum and existing UTC’s specialise in a variety of areas from engineering or digital technology to aviation. UTC’s links with businesses increase the availability of valuable work placement opportunities for students.

The Government is currently driving the focus on apprenticeships and the recent focus on a rise in unemployed young people means that work experience opportunities have never been more valuable and sought-after.

There is some concern that focus on UTC’s may lead to a “two- tier education system” but where students are not necessarily interested in the academic side of education, giving them the opportunity to become highly- skilled in their area cannot be a bad thing; particularly where it may lead to increased offers of work for college leavers.

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