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Engineer Your Future

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Engineer Your Future

Energy Coast UTC really is a very special place - created through a partnership between industry and education. Our new approach to the curriculum, grounded in traditional values, provide a great foundation for students' futures.

We are a University Technical College – a college that delivers engineering excellence through innovative, technically – focused education and training for 14-19 year olds on the west coast of Cumbria.

Why Focus on Engineering?

It is estimated that the UK needs 182,000 new engineers every year until 2022 to meet the demand for engineering skills needed to power our economy. The Energy Coast has a wealth of commercial organisations seeking to employ and train talented young people to meet this demand.

Whatever you are interested in there is sure to be some engineering involved. As an engineer there are a wide range of career pathways open to you including:

Architecture
Civil
Chemical
Design
Electrical
Maintenance
Military
Nuclear
Structural


There are many other career pathways that engineering skills are useful for including Project Management and Commercial Law.

Sellafield remains the world’s most complex nuclear facility with a range of operations continuing there such as decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management and work continues to work towards nuclear new build in this part of the country. These opportunities mean that West Cumbria could enjoy £90billion of investment in energy related projects and nuclear decommissioning in the next 15 years, which could mean up to 3000 local jobs.

The UTC can help prepare young people for these opportunities. Of course it’s hoped that a number of students go on to use their UTC skills locally but at the same time the education they receive will help prepare them to pursue national or even international career opportunities not only in the energy sector but in other engineering or construction industries.

 

Engineering Futures

Academic excellence

  • Our English GCSE results were 62% Grade 4 (the ‘old grade C’) and above
  • GCSE Maths results were 59% Grade 4 and above
  • GCSE science results were 75% Grade 4 and above, well above national average
  • At both GCSE and A level, out Engineering results were better than national average

Readiness for work

Our students work with a wide range of local and national employers as part of our direct employer engagement strategies, where students get a wide range of employer experiences. We explicitly teach employability skills to our students and this shows in the destinations our young people go on to achieve.

In 2018, 82% of our year 13 leavers attended University or gained apprenticeships, significantly above the national figure of 63% and the Cumbria figure of 59%. 14% of our young people continued in Further Education and 5% went in to employment and no students left without a job or education to go on to. We are incredibly proud of our students and staff for achieving these rates.

In fact, these rates are so unusual that the Energy Coast UTC was cited by Lord Baker in the House of Lords as an excellent example of technical education providing outstanding apprenticeships for young people.

Creativity and Innovation

The Energy Coast UTC was set up in partnership with Gen2 Training, Lakes College, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the University of Cumbria. Through our staff’s creativity and innovation our students benefit greatly from state of the art engineering facilities in our new workshops and from a huge range of projects working directly with local employers on a daily basis.

As part of our dedication to preparing our students for their next steps in Engineering, our Year 11 and Sixth Form students attend regular industry led workshops on CV and interview preparation, apprenticeships and the Energy Coast Engineering Sector. Several of our key partners have also delivered workshops with topics ranging from Project Management and Design to Civil and Mechanical engineering.

All Year 10 and 11 students complete GCSEs in English language, English literature, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. This is whilst also completing 3 distinct engineering qualifications: BTEC Level 2 Engineering, City and Guild Engineering and a new civil engineering qualification called “Design, Engineer, Construct!”, sponsored by Jacobs.

All Year 12 and 13 students study BTEC Level 3 Engineering alongside their A levels, choosing either a Civil or Mechanical / Electronic Pathway.

Enrichment Opportunities

We offer a range of enrichment activities designed to support and challenge students to try new things and expand their skills.

Employer Engagement

We are dedicated to getting our students the best opportunities we can to prepare them for the world of work and engineering. To achieve this we work with several local companies who host regular employer engagement workshops.

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