Students at South Bank Engineering UTC
Working ‘hand and mind’
Students work with world-leading sponsors in an innovative and future-focused learning environment to develop outstanding knowledge and skills. The UTC areas of technical specialism sit within a broad and rich general curriculum. Students experience new ways of learning focused on challenge projects that allow their learning to be contextualised and led by employers and sponsors. Students combine ‘hand and mind’ to learn in applied and practical ways, integrating and contextualising academic, technical and vocational elements. Through the research and project-based curriculum they develop the knowledge and skills that employers value.
The UTC is characterised by the use of projects, designed and delivered with our university and industry partners to meet the emerging needs of the health and building engineering sectors. Students will become highly sought after by employers and universities because of their academic qualifications, engineering and employability skills and the ability to transfer and apply their learning. Students will also develop skills in finance, enterprise and business.
Accreditation by professional bodies
Students are supported to achieve accreditation from professional bodies. The UTC sponsors work closely with students to help them gain employability skills. The industry experience gained leads to students securing employment in their chosen field of work.
Students in other UTCs have either secured employment, training or continued into further education, often at top universities. We anticipate that around half of our students will aspire to a university degree. We are well-placed to support their aims, with close and privileged links into London South Bank University, a local university with a long and proud engineering heritage. We also have links into Russell Group universities and will work hard to support students with aspirations and abilities to progress into some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.
We know too however that many of our students are telling us that they are actively looking at options other than university when they leave us. The UTC is in an excellent position to support those students who wish to progress into higher level apprenticeships or directly into the workplace in fulfilling, well-rewarded careers. Indeed many of our industry partners are actively seeking to offer apprenticeship pathways to our students.
Part of the reason we exist is that there is a shortage of engineers: a skills gap. This is particularly true in London’s growing economy and where there is demand for digital engineering skills. Engineers are well-rewarded, command strong salaries and work in one of the areas of the economy least at risk of jobs being automated out of existence over the coming decades.
Careers information guidance and support
At the UTC we pride ourselves on being ‘School Plus’. One of our areas of focus in to ensure that our students leave us work-ready. In order for this to happen, students must be aware of the demands of the workplace, the range of career paths on offer, labour market information and their own strengths and aspirations. We offer first-class careers education, advice and guidance, with students fully aware of the range of pathways open to them including apprenticeships. Unlike most other schools, we are then well-placed to support students onto their pathways Post-18, with our close university and employer links working to the benefit of our students.
We are working towards a prestigious Investor in Careers award at the UTC, and are evaluating the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) provision to ensure it meets the learning outcomes as stipulated by the Careers Development Institute (CDI). Our current provision includes guidance and support from a range of angles including from LSBU (mentoring, UCAS advice, financial guidance), Skanska (apprenticeships V university, CV workshops, mock assessment centres) and King’s (careers talks) for example.