University technical colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 14–19 year olds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.
The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper in the 21st century. We need a workforce that can develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources, and meet all the challenges of the future.
UTCs integrate technical, practical and academic learning and create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that industry needs. To do this, a UTC:
UTCs specialise in subjects where there is a shortage of skills.
By working with a university and local employers, UTC students benefit from access to:
UTCs are smaller than traditional secondary schools. They are not academically selective and charge no fees.
UTCs typically have a catchment area that may extend across a number of local authorities.