Brixton newest College, the ‘South Bank Engineering University Technical College’ (UTC) has opened its doors. The college took on a hundred young engineering hopefuls, across year 10 and year 12 intakes, when it opened last month. The school intends to challenge the traditional model of education.
UTC will be focused on providing the practical skills and experience required for young people to secure a career in the engineering industry.
The school is well aware of the engineering skills gap in the UK and aims for its students to fill the gap. The schools’ main campus, on Brixton Hill, is still under construction so is currently using temporary accommodation next to the site until 2017.
UTC aims to reach its full capacity by 2022 – supporting up to 600 students.
The new Lambeth campus – opening in 2017
The campus was previously used as part of Lambeth College, but the UTC will be moving into a completely new building which it will share with Lambeth College and Trinity Academy. The schools will share central facilities only, and have their own individual teaching spaces.
Impressively the college has been able to attract a range of high profile Engineering sponsors. While, South Bank University is the college’s primary sponsor it is also backed by Skanska and two NHS Foundation Trusts.
Links with industry include Fujitsu, Cisco, Bamboo Bicycle Club and the British Army. These industry links will be key in providing opportunities and projects to students.
Are you based in London and looking to find out more about UTC?
You can meet the principal, students and staff of UTC every Thursday morning from 9.30am at the entrance on Horsford Road, SW2 1QS.