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  • UTC Leeds inspires the next generation of engineering talent

    Leeds City Region families are invited to find out how the city’s University Technical College is training the next generation of engineering talent.

    UTC Leeds, on Sayner Road in Hunslet, which is holding its next open evening on January 10th, specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing and plays a key role as a talent pipeline meeting the skills needs of regional employers.

    At UTC Leeds, students complete academic and technical qualifications and learn in industry standard facilities with areas designated for scientific research, advanced design, computer aided design, manufacturing and robotics.

    University Technical Colleges have been designed to meet the needs of employers by training the next generation of talent with the right skills and knowledge to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

    Alex Burnham, Principal of UTC Leeds, explained: “The Yorkshire region has a real need for well-trained engineers. By working closely with local businesses, and the University of Leeds, we aim to meet this demand and improve the life chances of our students.”

    He added: “Our students develop cutting edge technical skills and train with leading employers in high tech facilities. They also learn how to work in a team and problem solve, which prepares them for great career and university prospects.”

    Students can join the UTC in Year 10 aged 14 or in Year 12 aged 16. The first cohort that graduated last summer has gone onto some top universities and apprenticeships with leading employers.

    They include AECOM, Airedale Air Conditioning, Dyson Institute of Engineering and Schneider Electric as well as the University of Birmingham, University of Huddersfield, University of Keele and University of Leeds.

    The £10 million UTC Leeds is sponsored by leading employers and the University of Leeds, which is among the top 100 in the world for engineering and technology, and Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

    More than 70 employers including Agfa Graphics, Braime Pressings Ltd, Lambert Engineering, Siemens, Sound Leisure and Unilever support the UTC, which recruits from across Leeds City Region.

    They have helped to design the curriculum, set industry projects and provide work experience and placements. This year, UTC Leeds hosted the launch of Leeds Manufacturing Festival.

    Chris Black is Managing Director of Sound Leisure, in Crossgates, Leeds, which has supported the UTC since its inception, said: “Like every other manufacturer we are short of skilled engineers and technicians. It’s great to be able to support the training of the next generation of manufacturing talent. What’s crucial is helping to develop a work ethic in young people as well as technical skills, which is where the UTC really stands out for us.”

    For more information about UTC Leeds, and the next open evening on Thursday, January 10th, visit https://www.utcleeds.co.uk/events/

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