UTC Derby Pride Park students look forward to the next stage of their careers

Friday 21st August 2020 Press Release

UTC Derby Pride Park

Students from UTC Derby Pride Park are getting ready for the next stage of their careers after receiving their GCSE and technical results.

Tyler Roberts, aged 16, is looking forward to studying the new health and life sciences specialism being offered at the UTC from September 2020. He has completed engineering qualifications alongside business, English, maths and science after joining the UTC in Year 10.

Tyler said: “I always put my head down and try and put 100% in, but I was a bit anxious coming up to results day. I’m really happy with my results, though. They definitely show the effort I put in.”

UTC Derby Pride Park, on Locomotive Way, is a technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds that specialises in engineering, with health and life sciences also being offered from September 2020. The UTC is backed by some of world’s best-known companies including Bombardier, Rolls-Royce and Toyota, and the University of Derby and Derby College.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are technical schools backed by employers that have been set up to train the next generation of young people in the skills that their regional economy needs, and focus on technical specialisms.

Students learn from industry experts in specialist high tech facilities and complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as technical qualifications. Employers support the curriculum by setting industry projects and providing work experience and placements.

Tyler has enjoyed lots of work-related experiences whilst at the UTC. He explained: “We have had a lot of big opportunities. I did a week’s experience on a navy base with our employer partner the Royal Navy, which was a fantastic experience.

“It showed us what a career in the Royal Navy would be like and what we’d need to do if we wanted to go into the job. We got to go around a museum ship and learnt about the history of the Royal Navy and saw all the weaponry used. You don’t get opportunities like that at your average school.”

Tyler thinks the UTC has prepared him well for the future. “I’ve developed a lot of teamwork skills. My confidence and trust in other people have also grown,” he said. To anyone thinking about joining the UTC, Tyler added: “If you’re interested in STEM and engineering, then go for it. It is an amazing choice and opens you up to lots of opportunities. It will put you in a really good position in the future.”

Richie Wheatcroft, Principal of UTC Derby Pride Park, said: “I am so proud of our students and staff who have shown remarkable resilience during the last academic year. It’s fantastic to see our students getting the technical skills that employers need as well as progressing with their academic studies. I’d like to congratulate them on their achievements and wish them all the very best as they move on to the next stage of their education and training.”

Thomas Harrison, aged 16, is also looking forward to continuing his engineering studies at the UTC after his fantastic GCSE results.

Thomas, who joined in Year 10, said: “I’m planning to stay on at the UTC to study maths, physics, chemistry and engineering. I’m excited to be going back and seeing people and getting back into a routine. My old school didn’t have much equipment in terms of engineering, so I moved to have access to the state-of-the-art facilities on offer.”

Speaking about his results, Thomas said: “I’m happy with the results I have got. The teachers were really friendly and helpful. The learning support staff were always there if you needed help too. The UTC has prepared me really well for my future. It’s taught us different ways to act in the workplace.”

He added: “I’ve developed teamwork and patience at the UTC. By doing group projects in my subjects I’ve worked in teams to reach our end goal. In engineering you need a lot of patience because if you rush a piece of work it can look bad. You have to take your time and work on it gradually to get a better quality result.”

Thomas enjoyed the employer interactions that the UTC offered. He explained: “I enjoyed going to HMS Bristol for a week with the Royal Navy. Whilst we were there, we got shown around the different Naval facilities and took apart and put back together different machines they used.

“It was good to experience what a job in the Navy would be like, and it helped us see the areas of engineering we study in action and how things were used in the real world. At your average school you don’t get that much employer interaction but at the UTC there was quite a bit. We worked with Toyota, the Royal Navy and University of Derby along with many others.”

His favourite part of his studies was having access to the equipment. Thomas added: “I enjoyed being in the workshops and using the equipment most. If you enjoy STEM subjects you will enjoy the UTC as it prepares you well. Experiencing the workshop means you have access to industry standard equipment which you can use to develop skills for industry.”

Young people can join UTC Derby Pride Park in Year 9 at the age of 13, in Year 10 at the age of 14 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. After completing their studies at the UTC, students will be able to progress to high quality apprenticeships and a wide range of degree opportunities at universities.

Places are still available for this September. Apply now.