Employer led projects

Employer led projects.

How many colleges have some of the UK’s top employers taking a hands-on role to help the students? As a UTC we benefit from our unique Employer Alliance, led by Network Rail, our primary employer partner, and including six other leading national companies.

These partners have influenced the design of the building, as well as the design of the curriculum and our fabulous business challenge projects. The Employers Alliance will be represented at our Information Evenings so that you can learn about their business and how they are enriching students’ learning at our UTC. They will also have people on hand to explain about the many exciting career paths that students from the UTC will be enabled to follow after studying at the UTC.

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In the last school year Network Rail colleagues have designed and delivered two projects especially for the UTC which we have piloted in two London secondary schools.

London King’s Cross Bridge Project

At Key Stage 3 for 14-15 year olds, the Programme Manager for the Pedestrian Bridge project at London King’s Cross lead a project for girls at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for Girls in Islington. This involved Network Rail Graduate Trainees visiting the school and running a structured scheme of challenges with visits to the University of Westminster. In a year group of 25 pupils, five teams of five girls each delivered their solution to the problem posed: How to replace the old pedestrian bridge across Platforms 7, 8 and 9 without closing the station.

The Celebration of Achievement evening at the University in July was co-hosted for the girls and their families by the Programme Manager for HS2 whose project team members are based at Euston.

The picture below shows Tim Walden explaining the challenge of installing the bridge while keeping the station open.

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London Bridge Thameslink Project

This ambitious two term project challenged sixth form students to research, plan, cost and propose a retail strategy for the new station. Twelve Level 3 Key Stage 5 Engineering students at Walworth Academy worked in two groups, each with a leader, and other roles such as business manager, communications officer, and finance officer. Two Westminster Ambassador students mentored the group, with advice on project planning and presentation skills.

A demanding feature of the project required the calculation of photo-voltaic cell capacity on the roof of the station, and this stretched the capabilities of both teams, but this is a core sustainability issue for all London’s buildings.

This project is being delivered in 2016/17 with sixth formers at St Marylebone School for Girls under the direction of Martin Brandon, Programme Manager for Design at London Bridge Station, and Leigh Baxandall, STEM Curriculum Leader at St Marylebone School. Leigh has been seconded to work one day a week with our UTC development team to help integrate projects in the curriculum.

A new project on the development of Double-Decker trains for the UK will also be delivered jointly by Network Rail graduates trainees and Alstom colleagues at a boys secondary school in Islington in 2016/17.