Principal’s Blog – January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

We have so much to be excited about in 2019.

 

It has been an exciting month back with Y11 visiting some exciting and complex civil engineering projects to learn about health and safety and adding value to the Built Environment. Our employer partners BAM and GallifordTry welcomed groups to the major projects on Holiday Street in Birmingham, where the construction of a new skyline is taking place with speed. BMV JV, a collaboration of BAM and Morgan Sindall, welcomed students to the largest concrete repair and scaffolding project in Europe at the M5 Oldbury viaduct and Midland Metro Alliance gave the students a fantastic tour of the metro works in Central Birmingham as well as a complimentary ride back to Wolverhampton on the tram.  There are exciting opportunities for young people in these sectors – Midland Metro Alliance have produced research that identifies they will need to replace 25,000 retirees in the light rail sector by 2022 in addition to recruiting an additional 5000 roles, just in the midlands.

 

Y12 enjoyed an invite to the Civic Centre to take part in a mock planning committee meeting as part of their studies. Committee Chair, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre led the students through the most recent agenda with the opportunity for the student to be committee members and agents.  Planning officers attended the meeting and responded to student’s questions. Y12 have also been to visit Lovell’s housing development in Stafford as part of their Building Regulations studies. Dave Jones, site manager, led students around the site and demonstrated how Building Inspectors ensure that the houses are compliant with current standards. Only last week, Y12 also had a visit from Shaylor Group staff who talked them through the process of tendering and estimating, with real case studies to exemplify this rewarding but challenging role.

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Thank-you to those parents who attended January’s Year 11 Information Evening. I trust you found our hints and tips for supporting your children during the exam season useful. We look forward to seeing you at this week’s parents evening. This will be followed up with an intervention evening for those young people who require extra support.

 

Following the completion of last term’s Employer Projects the UTC Extra focus for this term is very much on intervention, particularly for Year 11 and 13. I would encourage our students to talk to our staff and ask if extra support with their studies is required. We will endeavour to provide whatever is necessary to make the difference to outcomes.

 

It is was great to see such large numbers of Year 11s applying to remain with us into the sixth form. Year 13 university applications have now been sent off and we wish you the best of luck with offers. Remember, university and sixth form is not for everybody and the UTC has a fantastic record of supporting young people onto apprenticeships. We had some fantastic success stories with students gaining apprenticeships last year, such as with Jack Perry below, and hope to continue in this vein.

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Many of you will now be aware that we have gone out to consultation on an age range expansion. This means that we are hoping to have our first Year 7 intake in September 2020. In the meantime we will continue to recruit into Years 10 and 12.

 

Let me share my reasons for doing this. We believe that we are offering a high level of educational provision and at the same time preparing young people for the world of work. In our current admissions arrangement students cannot join the UTC until the age of 14 and too few students are willing to move school at this age. The school will still operate as a UTC with continued focus on technical skills and employer engagement and so by taking in students at the age of 11 we can not only offer these opportunities to greater numbers but this also affords us more time to instil the ethos and values that employers value so highly. If we are granted permission then the school will be extended on land adjacent to where we are currently housed at the Springfield Campus.

 

Work on the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Springfield Campus is gathering pace. Due to open in 2020 this is a massive regeneration project at the former brewery combining the home of the West Midlands UTC with the university’s flagship facility. It’s going to be quite amazing and we simply cannot wait!

Principal's Blog - January 2019

Principal's Blog - January 2019

 A City Leading in Innovation and Design –Express and Star, January 2019

 

All in all a fantastic start to the New Year at the UTC.

 

Av Gill

Principal