Employer Engagement is a key part of the curriculum for all students who attend the UTC. We are honoured to be partnered with a variety a businesses including: Air Products, Arriva Train Care, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Cheshire East Council, James Walkers, LEONI, Manchester Metropolitan, Network Rail, Optical 3D, OSL Global, Royal Air Force, Siemens and Unipart Logistics.
From employer projects to site visits, engaging with professionals who have vast industry experience allows our students to gain unique insight and work experience opportunities ,which will help boost their employability and widen their knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Design.
Alongside the curriculum, students participate in employer led projects with guidance and support from industry experts. Having time within the timetable to work on the development of the projects, students will spend a set time period working as a team to produce their final outcome and present to the experts themselves. This allows students to gain experience working with business leaders, work in groups and independently and present in from of professionals. All these skills will help with students employability skills and boost their confidence with their work progression.
Students get unique opportunities to visit some of the sites of our employer partners to get a real life insight into what it is like working within different industries and meet those who work within the company. Visiting live sites allow our students to look at different career routes and learn more about different specialities in Engineering they may have previously not considered.
Students in year 10 and year 12 will spend one week on work experience so they can get a feel of what it is like in the working world. They will gain experiencing of applying for jobs having to write a CV and some will even attend interviews. Previously students have secured placements at Bentley Motors, Air Products, Siemens, OSL Rail and Network Rail.
Employer Talks & Workshops
It is important to us that our students learn from professionals about career progression and vital skills they have picked up while working in their industry. To achieve this our employer partners have dedicated time to hold employer talks to discuss how their careers have developed and how their sector has changed over time. This has inspired students in their own career choices and opened them up to areas of Engineering they may not have considered. Our students have also been lucky enough to take part in hands on workshops so they can learn directly from the experts and add to their skill set.
Bentley are involved in the UTC to build a pipeline of talent for our Apprenticeship Programme. It is vital that we work in partnership to develop a future focused curriculum that will give the students the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in Engineering & Design. Giving the students real life projects to work on alongside our Colleagues will develop their competence for the future and will enable them to be work ready and able to contribute from the offset.