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1 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager South Wiltshire UTC Specialising in Science & Engineering for the Defence & Protective Science Industries

2 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager What is a University Technical College? Brand new schools driven by employers and universities Combine academic and technical education for 14-18s Join at 14 or 16 Non-selective and free to attend Large catchment areas (typically 20-mile radius) All party support (see left, Lord Baker and Lord Adonis) 45 open or in development each with c600 learners Specialise in Engineering, Science and Technology 8.30am – 5pm for 40 weeks a year Students go on to employment, Apprenticeship or Uni Learn through employer-set integrated projects Ideal for young people who prefer active learning. Courtesy of PHE

3 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager Timeline for South Wiltshire UTC Approved by the Department for Education March 2013 Expressions of interest from tonight! Confirm the site in July 2013 Public consultation to shape the UTC in July/Aug 2013 Funding agreement signed with the Government in Aug 2013 Local Authority publishes prospectus in Sept 2013 Year 10 applications by end Oct 2013 Year 12 applications by end Jan 2014 Results of applications known 1 Mar 2014 Main staff recruitment from early 2014 UTC opens Sept 2014

4 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager Why our UTC application was successful Significant growth in Army presence and more settled military families (Army 2020) Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering are major growth sectors for us Porton Science Park confirmed Huge opportunities for Science & Engineering supply chain companies Persistent outflow of learners from the area and too few local applications for high quality jobs and Apprenticeships Relatively low participation in Science and Engineering at university level and graduates tend not to come back. Crown copyright courtesy of Dstl

5 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager Very strong partnership driving the UTC University of Southampton Wiltshire College Tetricus Science Park Public Health England CBRN Defence Centre Serco Wiltshire Council 43 Wessex Brigade QinetiQ Chemring Countermeasures Dstl Esterline/Wallop Defence Securebio Defence Support Group

6 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager What are employers looking for? Andy Tudor from QinetiQ Phil Luton from Public Health England

7 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager Likely catchment area – 20 mile radius

8 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager What South Wiltshire UTC will offer Entirely new technical education combining skills with academic learning Access to specialist joint facilities at Porton Down and at the University of Southampton Hands-on learning through live projects, specialist lecturers and access to world class employers Specialised post-16 Science and Engineering pathways to Uni or Higher Apprenticeships Strong links to the Army and organisations offering Science and Engineering jobs and Apprenticeships Strong focus on “employability” skills like team- working, leadership & problem-solving. Courtesy of the University of Southampton Courtesy of PHE

9 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager High Level Curriculum Map Years 10 and 11 Strong core of GCSEs + Technical skills in Applied Science + Technical skills in Engineering Work experience + + Stretch and personal development Years 12 and 13 Strong core of A Levels + Advanced Applied Science or Advanced Engineering Work experience + + Stretch and personal development or skill development below Level 2 or Level 2 consolidation Including AS Including HE

10 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager Role of Employers Sponsors – in kind Confirming curriculum relevance Helping design realistic work projects Set out labour market needs Specialist equipment and facilities Providing specialist technical expertise Work placements and mentoring. University of Southampton Sponsors – in kind Designing an innovative curriculum Advising on extension elements Student mentors Providing progression routes Specialist lecturers, facilities & materials Staff professional updating & mentoring.

11 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager What if we have too many applicants? Top priority, for all schools, students with special educational needs and looked after children then Army families Children in receipt of Free School Meals Siblings of current students (once open) Children of staff (after two years) or teachers in skill shortage areas Any applicant with main residence within 20 miles (ballot) Any applicant with main residence over 20 miles (ballot) Special priority for Year 11s entering Year 12

12 Gordon Aitken, Project Manager What do we do next? ASK QUESTIONS NOW! Fill in your expression of interest Sign-up for e-updates on Follow us on Twitter Ask us questions via the website Contact me on Watch out for the public consultation Call my bluff on the “10 person promise”!


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