University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are a high quality new route to education and training which follows through to further study and employment.
They are a radical solution to the totally inadequate number of technicians and engineers in the country. They are free standing technical schools for up to 800 14 to 18 year old students, with a typical working day of 8:30am - 5pm. Students spend the equivalent of two days a week on practical study and three days a week on academic study linking the hand with the mind. Each UTC provides at least one technical specialism alongside the key GCSEs in English, maths and science, as well as a modern foreign language, humanities, finance, business, entrepreneurial and employability skills.
All UTCs are supported by a university and a range of local employers. This unique approach offers students a high quality, rounded, technical education which can lead to apprenticeships, foundation and higher degrees.
Local employers both big and small have a major and continuing role via the governance of the UTC. They also help to shape the curriculum and relate it to future jobs that match the needs of the local economy. Students in turn acquire the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.