Think UTC Day
Today marks Think UTC Day, a new national day for University Technical Colleges (UTCs) that celebrates the work they do to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) subjects.
Coinciding with British Science Week and National Apprenticeship week, more than 30 UTCs across the country are participating in the event.
Throughout the week, SGS has posted articles to share information and updates about its UTC development at the Berkeley Green Campus.
Today’s article is for prospective students, providing an insight into a typical day at a UTC. Today’s story comes from Harry.
Describing a typical day at UTC, harry says: “This isn't school so my day starts at 9:00 just like it would do in a job. And I have an ID badge to let me into the centre. (Too much innovation going on to allow just anybody in!) My first hour slot is Maths, but not as you know it from school, designing a spreadsheet to help analyse the data we are generating from my team's project, we need to get the financial costs right.
“On then to a project team briefing, where we presented our progress with our employer mentor, over coffee. Our project is to design a network to meet a customer's needs, needs to be right if the firm is going to win the business.
“Last hour of the morning is learning about installing a network, all part of my Diploma course, but fits so well with our project.
“After lunch is it an hour talking business Spanish, a real challenge for me but I know I will get there!
“2 o'clock and it is time for business writing skills, need to be able to write clearly, as well as design solutions, otherwise how can you convince customers to invest?
“Then I catch the shuttle bus to Stroud Campus of our sponsor SGS College for an hour in the recording studio, learning how technology can help create the right sound.
“Last hour is spent taking on the Manufacturing trainees at a game of five a side football, who says computer people are geeks!
“My day ends at 5:00, catching the shuttle bus home. A long day yes but it finishes now as I don't have any homework, but might spend an hour or so looking at that design problem we encountered this morning.”
To learn more please visit the UTC website: www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk or email Clare Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
People can also register interest on the website to receive further updates on the UTC.