Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation CEO, Nicholas Wyman, yesterday visited Medway UTC (University Technical College) in the UK.
Medway UTC, located on the Chatham Waters regeneration site in Chatham Maritime, Kent, is a new secondary school which aims to develop in students the skills that employers require.
This new school, which officially opened in September this year, offers a unique educational pathway for 14-19 year olds who want to kick-start their career in two of the most important industries worldwide.
Here students gain hands-on, practical tuition in engineering and construction, with a focus on design technologies, alongside traditional academic studies. They also learn in an environment that looks and feels like a modern, 21st century workplace.
The school’s strategy is common to IWSI CEO Nicholas Wyman’s vision in offering students clear pathways into future jobs and providing them with the right skills they need to achieve this.
Like Mr Wyman, Medway UTC believes meaningful employment for today’s school leavers can be realised through strong industry partnerships.
The Kent based school has teamed up with world leading partners including BAE Systems, Delphi Diesel Systems, BAM Construction, Bouygues Construction, the University of Greenwich, the Royal School of Military Engineering and Mid Kent College.
The education model at Medway UTC is similar to the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early Career High) pioneered in New York City, US and that is now being piloted in Australia.
Like the P-TECH model, Medway UTC offers schools partnerships with leading employers, colleges and universities to provide students with the opportunity to gain career connections before they graduate high school.
Link to the school’s website: http://medwayutc.co.uk/medway/