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The ECITB and University Technical Colleges

The continuing mission and core purpose of the ECITB is Securing Engineering Construction Skills, now and for the future, with one of the key strands of that mission being the need to attract talented people into the industry through schools, colleges, university outreach programmes and industry transition programmes.

21 June 2016/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016

The ECITB and University Technical Colleges

The continuing mission and core purpose of the ECITB is Securing Engineering Construction Skills, now and for the future, with one of the key strands of that mission being the need to attract talented people into the industry through schools, colleges, university outreach programmes and industry transition programmes.

The emergence of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) as an alternative to the main stream education system has created another potential institution or channel with whom the ECITB can work to achieve this mission.

UTCs are government-funded organisations which offer 14–19 year olds an alternative to mainstream schools as they specialise in teaching students technical and scientific subjects, with one of their objectives being to meet the needs of the current skills gap in a number of Engineering/Technical related sectors. Examples of which are:

  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Health Sciences
  • Product Design
  • Digital Technologies
  • Built Environment

The UTC curriculum integrates technical, practical and academic learning in an effort to create an environment where students can experience and develop a foundation of the skills and knowledge industry needs. The key factors in creating and achieving this environment include:

  • operating a longer school day, from 8:30am - 5:00pm, to more closely align with a normal business working day
  • being governed by employers and a local university, who help to develop and deliver the curriculum
  • providing core curriculum academic education, which underpins and complements the technical specialism
  • being resourced with equipment and technology, which reflect the standards used by industry
  • dedicating at least 40% of curriculum time to the technical specialism, including an element of employer-led projects, which encompasses working in teams and problem solving

By working together with selected UTCs the ECITB would be able to offer employers the opportunity to tap into a specific group of young people and make a contribution to ensuring that the next generation workforce has the expertise, employability skills and knowledge needed to meet the future needs of the Engineering Construction Industry.

Equally the ECITB and similar organisations, along with their employers, are fundamental to the success of the UTCs playing a central role in identifying business needs and the required skills within the local region. This information ultimately shapes the technical specialism of the UTC and ensures it contributes towards the needs of local employers.

Currently the ECITB is in discussion with a number of UTCs regarding the introduction of ECITB Products and Services as a way of enhancing the current UTC offer, with one UTC now approved to deliver the CCNSG Safety Passport to their students and commercially within the industry.

CCSNG Safety Passport and Technical Tests are just two products which the ECITB believe could add real value to the UTC network in terms of preparing learners for the world of work and also strengthening the UTCs’ link with the industry. Additionally the Apprenticeship reforms present other opportunities to work closely with UTCs.


For further information about our work with UTCs please contact:
Martin Eatough, Provider Account Manager
Martin.Eatough@ecitb.org.uk
http://www.utcolleges.org/

 

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