The first UTC seminar sponsored and organised by LJ Create, was hailed a great success by it's delegates.
The "Teaching Engineering Curriculum and Engaging with Employers" seminar was held over two days and featured speakers from the Black Country University Technical College, one of the first UTCs in the country to open, their supporting University, members of Industry and Educational Strategists.
The event, sponsored by LJ Create, who have worked closely with the UTC providing teaching resources and curriculum support, was opened by the Right Honourable Charles Clarke, one of the UK’s former Education Secretaries. Charles spoke about the importance of education, the issues UTCs may face and the employability skills required of the youth of today.
The Director of Business Engagement from the Black Country UTC, talked in great detail about employer engagement. One of their key industry partners from ZF Lemforder highlighted the issues they are faced with when recruiting staff, the lack of skilled engineers and how they are working with the UTC to help address these skills gaps.
The seminar provided the opportunity for delegates from both UTCs which are approved to open and those in the proposal stages, to hear the issues and considerations when setting up and opening a UTC. They were also pleased to hear how the first few months of teaching at the Black Country UTC are having a positive impact on the student’s education.
The first day of the event included an evening of hospitality which provided a relaxed and informal atmosphere for the delegates and speakers to network in. This helped prepare them for a second day, of what proved to be, another exciting agenda of presentations and debates.
"Just a very short note to thank you for a fascinating couple of days in Manchester, and above all, a very worthwhile conference, my colleague and I are all the more enriched by the experience!"
The event closed with a presentation from a lead designer at Sony, who talked about his route through education and his experience as a student, which was a really informative and positive note to end on.
The feedback, from what was an impressive list of attendees, was extremely positive and LJ Create has agreed to look at holding similar events in the future.