UTC Leeds Welcomes Engineers of the Future

Two thirds of manufacturers think schools are failing to promote careers in the sector but a Leeds school is determined to reverse statistics.

As part of a drive to bridge the gap between education and industry, UTC Leeds will open its doors to prospective students at a hands-on open evening on March 1.

The event will see UTC Leeds’ employer partners which include Siemens, Agfa and Unilever join representatives from The University of Leeds to promote the variety of jobs available within the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sector.

Manufacturers from across the UK have criticised schools in this year’s Annual Manufacturing Report for failing to promote STEM careers.

Visitors at the unique Leeds school, which focuses on academic excellence and technical learning, will hear from current students and staff who will give tours of the facility as well as demonstrate unique pieces of equipment such as virtual welding, 3D printing and VEX robotics.

Principal of UTC Leeds, Mark Kennedy said: “This event will be the last chance to have a look at UTC Leeds prior to applications closing. We’re very pleased to invite prospective students and their families to come and see what an education at UTC Leeds is all about.

“We’re not like mainstream schools which have come in for some criticism from employers – we combine practical and academic education in a curriculum curated by our employer partners and the University of Leeds. The curriculum was devised to ensure our students leave with the exact skills that advanced manufacturing and engineering companies are looking for.

“If you’re interested in creative thinking, problem solving and designing practical solutions we look forward to welcoming you to UTC Leeds.”

The event will take place at UTC Leeds, Hunslet Road on March 1 from 6pm to 8pm. For more information about UTC Leeds visit www.utcleeds.com.

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ABOUT UTC LEEDS

UTC Leeds is the first school in the Leeds City Region to provide high quality academic and vocational training focused specifically on the advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing sector.

Opening in September 2016, UTC Leeds will offer high-tech, cutting-edge facilities and a first class educational experience. Based in a unique building that combines a state-of-the-art educational environment with the city’s proud manufacturing heritage, graduates from UTC Leeds will have the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in 21st century jobs across of a wide range of engineering disciplines. The school will have capacity for 600 pupils aged 14-18.

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