For the last couple of years, I’ve been involved with the Sheffield University Technical College as a director and governor, and general representative of the creative and digital community in school affairs. It’s a brilliant institution, and is fast becoming the model for other UTCs around the country. The staff there have done a really tremendous job to build such an exciting school to train the next generation of designers, creatives and engineers right in the heart of Sheffield’s Creative Industries Quarter.
Perhaps the greatest thing about the UTC model is that it relies on employers and students working together on curriculum-relevant projects all year round. This practical connection to the industry and the world of work does so much to contextualise the lessons and create relationships - it greatly accelerates the students’ learning and ability to find employment when they leave.
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