Young people are invited to UTC Derby Pride Park’s virtual open events
UTC Derby Pride Park is running two virtual open events this month for young people interested in careers in engineering, healthcare, medicine and science.
Based on Locomotive Way, the technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds specialises in engineering and health and life sciences.
The curriculum is backed by top employers from the engineering and healthcare sector. Students work on employer led projects and complete A levels alongside their technical qualifications.
Nick Crew, Executive Principal of UTC Derby Pride Park, said: “We are proud to work with the region’s top employers to offer the highly sought-after technical skills that they need, and which provide our students with great career prospects because they reflect the growth areas of the local economy.”
Young people, and their parents and carers, can find out more about Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 places for September 2021 by attending two virtual open events on:
- Thursday, November 12th, from 5pm to 5.45pm, for engineering.
- Monday, November 30th from 6pm to 7pm, for health and life sciences.
Guests will hear from the Principal, curriculum staff, students and employers, and find out more about UTC’s two technical specialisms. To book a place, visit www.utcderby.org.uk/events.
Mollie-Beth Harrison is part of the Class of 2020 and decided to go onto study a Degree in Adult Nursing at De Montfort University after finishing her studies at the UTC this summer.
She said: “I decided I wanted to go into the NHS and help people. This pandemic has enforced that I want to do something more meaningful with my life and I’ve always really enjoyed biology.”
Mollie-Beth added: “If you’re unsure about joining the UTC, there’s no reason not to take a gamble – apply, it might be the best decision you ever make. I’m excited to be a woman in STEM and to be pushing for it to be normalised.”
Mollie-Beth has enjoyed extra-curricular activities whilst at the UTC, as well as employer projects involving Rolls-Royce and Toyota. She added: “The most valuable thing I’ve come away with has been the soft skills I’ve been able to develop. I’ve helped out at open days and talked to so many employers, so I’ve developed a confidence when talking to people within industry and employers. When I go to interviews, I’m more prepared now and it’s because of my experiences at the UTC.”
The UTC is backed by the University of Derby and Joined Up Care Derbyshire, which comprises health and social care employers in the region.
The employers include Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
UTC Derby Pride Park is also backed by some of world’s best-known engineering companies including Bombardier, Rolls-Royce and Toyota, and Derby College.
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are technical schools supported by employers that have been set up to train the next generation of young people in the skills that their regional economy needs.
Students learn from industry experts in specialist high tech facilities and complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as technical qualifications. Employers set industry projects and provide work experience and placements.
Young people can join the UTC in Year 9, Year 10 or in Year 12 and progress onto high quality apprenticeships and a wide range of degrees at universities. Apply now. Visit https://www.utcderby.org.uk/