OLP showcases employer and university partners at world of work event

UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park hosted an ‘Exploring the Future World of Work’ event for new and existing applicants.

The event, held on Tuesday 30th April, was an opportunity for prospective and current Year 9 and 12 students to explore the options regarding their future, meet current pupils, staff and employer partners, and find out how our offer at the UTC will prepare them for the ever-changing world of work.

The vision for UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park has always been to develop a new generation of versatile individuals with the technical, professional and personal skills to take up jobs of the future in the healthcare, wellbeing, and digital technology sectors.

We are already seeing new types of jobs arising in the healthcare and wellbeing sectors involving greater use of technology, and new industries are growing around healthcare and medical technologies based on robotics, artificial intelligence and use of data. At UTC Sheffield we aim to work at the forefront of preparing young people for these exciting futures, in collaboration with our employer and university partners who were on hand at the event to answer questions.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Westfield Health and Sheffield Hallam University talked to applicants about job roles, grades needed for certain specialisms, and what the working world is like, whilst students from the UTC who specialise in computing showcased projects they had been working on as part of their courses. These included an Augmented Reality app using the Children’s Hospital mascot and an app discovering ways of assisting people with disabilities.

The students also showcased their plans for a joint project they were doing alongside Health Sciences and Sport Science students for the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine. Health sciences students were on hand to take blood pressure and peak flow readings – practices they have learnt on their course – and sport science students demonstrated how to use a ‘sit and reach’ machine.

It was great to welcome special guest speaker Professor Luc De Witte from CATCH – University of Sheffield Centre of Assisted Technology and Connected Healthcare – who gave a talk on the developments in the future of healthcare and the importance of, and problems with, technology within this. The talk not only focused on students interested in studying Health Sciences, but also appealed to those interested in Computing and Sport Science as Luc discussed how robots are being introduced to healthcare systems, and sleep and fitness devices are becoming more commonly used.

The event was a great success and students and parents left having witnessed the many advantages of studying at the UTC, and the range of possibilities available to them in the world of work.

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