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Employer support for UTCN keeps on growing

More employers than ever are now supporting UTCN by offering fantastic learning opportunities for our students, work experience and much more!

A giant employer support board has been unveiled at UTCN showing the 42 current members of our Industry Liaison Group (ILG).       

UTCN opened in September 2014 to help address the regional and national skills shortage in science and engineering.  At the time of its launch, three employers – Lotus, Future Marine Services and Gardline - were at the forefront of a core group of employer partners. 

The number of employers working with UTCN has grown steadily since then. Today the number of employers with an active involvement in providing distinctive learning opportunities to UTCN students now stands at more than 40. 

This employer support has taken a range of different forms, including: helping to shape the curriculum at UTCN; core projects which see employers working alongside students over a period of several weeks, setting students real-world engineering problems; offering tours of their businesses; providing work experience opportunities; giving talks and running workshops for students at UTCN

So far in the current autumn term there have already been opportunities for UTCN’s Year 12 students to meet and learn from representatives from more than 20 different employers, including Tarmac, KLM UK Engineering, Seajacks, R G Carter, Warren Services, Briar Chemicals, Vatenfall, 3DW and Morgan Sindall.

Following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, employers’ links with UTCN provide an invaluable way for them to make the most of the Levy and attract UTCN’s talented young engineers to join their businesses.    

Alex Hayes, Principal, University Technical College Norfolk, said:

“We are fortunate to have the support and active involvement of brilliant employers who share our vision of creating the next generation of engineers and scientists.  By regularly coming in to UTCN, providing work experience opportunities, working with students on Core Projects, and helping to shape our curriculum, these employers give UTCN students a much greater understanding of the fantastic opportunities that are out there for them.“

Yvonne Mason, Group Managing Director, SafeSTS, and Chair of the UTCN’s Industry Liaison Group commented:

“UTCN’s Industry Liaison Group has achieved an impressive level of engagement and support from a growing list of headline companies in the region.  The ILG represents a really good cross section of developing sectors which require engineering skills to enhance their future workforce. These companies offer regional, national and, in a number of cases, international opportunities.

“The 40-plus ILG group members are actively working with UTCN students on a regular basis.  In this way, we can help students to visualise and understand what we do in industry and how they could prepare for their future careers. Our member companies benefit from access to a large pool of focussed students whose key ambition is to develop their engineering skills and future career opportunities.  By getting an early look at talented, skilled and work-ready young people who are ideal candidates for their Apprenticeship programmes, these links can help businesses make the most of the new Apprenticeship Levy.”

Future Marine Services will maintain its commitment to the UTCN governing body with Nicola Finch, its Corporate and HR manager, taking over as a governor from Yvonne Mason, enabling Yvonne to focus on her role chairing the ILG.

Pictured: Members of UTCN’s Industry Liaison Group ahead of their November meeting.