UTC on BBC National News
UTC Sheffield appeared on the BBC Six O’Clock News on Friday 8th March in a report about the education system in the UK. The report by the BBC’s Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys, showed how UTC Sheffield offers a careers-focused education. Here’s a quick summary of what it covered…
The news piece followed publication of a report by The House of Lords Committee on Social Mobility which suggested that the education system in the UK is letting down around half of all young people. The report makes a number of recommendations, which University Technical Colleges are already doing, including offering better routes to those who do not want to follow a purely academic route and increasing employer involvement in schools.
At UTC Sheffield, teenagers start technical learning before their GCSEs at age 14, something backed by The House of Lords report.
Anjali Kaladaji, age 16, who joined the UTC at 14, says, “Kids who maybe weren’t good enough to go to uni went for an apprenticeship and that’s the way it was perceived, but it’s actually for anyone, anyone who enjoys learning in a different sort of way or just doesn’t want loads of student debt.”
Fellow UTC student Hannah Frost agrees, “Here I feel I’ve got lots of opportunities to do different things that I’ve never had the opportunity to do before. I can do the mini factory here whereas I’ve never done any technology before at my old school.”
As the BBC report makes clear, learning high-end technical skills such as students learn at the UTC will make a real difference to chances of getting a good well paid job. That and being mentored by employers. The Director of leading international games company Sumo Digital, who mentors students at UTC Sheffield, says, “They’re much more excited and enthused about the work they’re doing when they’re not just sitting in the classroom listening to their lesson. They’re actually getting hands on and involved.”