Why a University Technical College in Derby?
Where better to locate a UTC than in a city with a reputation as the UK’s capital for innovation?
With its world-leading strengths in aerospace, rail, automotive, nuclear and advanced engineering – not to mention its flourishing professional service and creative industries – Derby is perfectly placed to break new ground in manufacturing education.
Forward-thinking and confident, Derby already has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the country. The UTC will build on this position by investing in the skills of young people and ensuring a talent pipeline for the city’s key employment sectors.
Our aim is for the UTC to become an influential player in Derby’s future economic prosperity. At a time when a £2 billion regeneration programme is transforming the city and employers are preparing for the economic upturn, we want to raise the aspirations and performance of young people from within our own communities so that they can make the most of the opportunities ahead.
These are exciting times for Derby – and the UTC will play a vital part in its future success.
Meeting the demand
Our wide-ranging consultations about plans for the UTC show that:
- Leading employers, including Rolls-Royce and Toyota Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, support the UTC. They are helping develop the curriculum so that it reflects their workforce needs.
- Potential students – and their parents – welcome a new approach to technical education.
- Openings for high-calibre apprentices are expanding across the city and region.
- There is increased demand for engineering and STEM-related education.
- Key employment sectors in Derby anticipate growth but face serious skills shortages.
- Local employers want to recruit more people with workplace skills such as problem-solving and team-working, alongside their technical knowledge.
Stats/did you know panel:
Derby is the UK’s number 1 high-tech city, with 12% of the population employed within high-tech jobs – four times the national average.
The UTC is developed by The Derby Manufacturing University Technical College Trust, which brings together extensive experience of education and training in the field of engineering and manufacturing.
The lead partners – Rolls-Royce, Toyota Manufacturing UK, Bombardier, the University of Derby and Derby College – already have strong links and will provide an unrivalled pool of expertise to help each learner achieve success. Derby City Council is also providing key assistance and advice to ensure the UTC fulfils its role in the city’s regeneration strategies.
In addition, scores of employers have already pledged their support for the UTC.