South Bank UTC - Engineering Students' Futures
South Bank Engineering UTC will be a new arrival on the educational scene in Lambeth. Opening in Brixton in 2016, the UTC will deliver a specialist curriculum with an engineering specialism to students aged 14-19. According to Dan Cundy, the Principal Designate, ‘there is a very real skills gap in the engineering sector, particularly in London. Major employers are desperate for young people with the right type of skills, with high value careers in engineering available’. With specialisms in medical engineering and engineering for building, South Bank Engineering UTC is sponsored by London South Bank University along with major engineering firms and two local NHS Trusts. The sponsors are working with the UTC to create real-world employer challenges, developed to boost students’ employability as well as their specialist understanding.
The UTC is part of a £30 million building programme, and will boast specialist equipment and facilities including robotics, advanced computing and 3D printing not normally available to schools. The curriculum will be academic but hands-on, embracing advanced technologies in a business-like environment. UTC leavers are likely to follow pathways into university, apprenticeships or employment, often with sponsors and partners. Student recruitment has started now, with a very limited number of places into Years 10 and 12 open for September 2016, with Founder privileges being offered to students currently in Years 9 and 11 who apply before the end of October.
Open events are now taking place (including at Streatham Library on 3rd October - http://southbank-utc.co.uk), with an opportunity to meet the Principal and the team. Visitors to the open events are also entered into a draw to win a smart watch.