Since 2014, GLK Solutions has been working with three University Technical Colleges. We have supported the projects from initial application through to opening and are delighted that UTC Leeds, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC, and Scarborough UTC have all opened their doors in September 2016.
It has been an exciting journey for all involved and GLK Solutions have worked with the three UTCs as part of the team to support successful delivery.
We are delighted to have had the chance to work with these projects from the development of an initial vision, to successful application, and then through to opening. The level of commitment and passion from projects has been truly overwhelming.
What are UTCs: UTCs are technical schools for 14 to 19 year olds. They combine excellent academic education with technical qualifications and live project working. UTCs are smaller than mainstream schools and offer a specific technical route for those wishing to pursue a career in the UTC’s specialism.
- Crewe Engineering & Design UTC specialises in developing the next generation of engineers and technicians and has a strong link to local automotive and rail industries including Bentley and OSL Rail as lead sponsors.
- UTC Leeds specialises in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing and offer high quality academic and vocational training focused specifically on the advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing sector.
- Scarborough UTC, specialises in Advanced Engineering, Design & Control, and has developed exciting links in Cyber Security through its relationship with GCHQ.
Tim Englefield, Principal at Scarborough UTC provided a little insight into opening a new UTC:
“It’s surprising how quickly a year can go. It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were planning the layout of the building and the basic curriculum. It’s fantastic to now be open with a great group of learners and staff in an outstanding building. Seeing the learners in the UTC puts all the minor issues we had over the last 12 months into perspective.”
We can only agree with Tim, seeing learners start the next phase of their learning in their new UTC is a wonderful sight.
You can read more about UTCs across the country at www.utcolleges.org.
Gemma Kirk, Lesley Millard, and Rebecca Fennell would like to congratulate everyone at Crewe, Leeds, and Scarborough and wish them all the very best. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for both you and your students.