Five students from the Old Hall Road-based specialist engineering school were invited to attend the launch of ‘Your Life’ – a three-year government campaign to increase the number of students taking maths and physics – as ambassadors for UTCs, which are focused on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.
The campaign, backed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, aims to raise participation in maths and physics by 50% in three years, to ensure that the UK is equipped with the skills it needs for a fast changing employment landscape.
Backed by more than 200 businesses including Shell, Visa, Nestle and Johnson and Johnson, ‘Your Life’ aims to raise awareness of the career opportunities presented by studying science and maths subjects, by promoting positive role models in industry, creating mentoring programmes for young people and providing work placement opportunities with leading businesses.
Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan said:
“Developing the best schools and skills is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future, and the skills taught by subjects like maths and science are some of those most valued by employers and universities. That’s why I am pleased to support the Your Life campaign to encourage more young people, and especially girls, to study these subjects by showing the exciting opportunities they can bring.
“Our plan for education will ensure that all young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life in modern Britain. Increasing the focus on STEM subjects is a key part of this as it will empower girls and boys equally to leave school able to get a job and get on in life.”
UTC Norfolk student, Maddie Newman, 14, from Stalham, said:
“I’m planning on studying Physics and Maths at A Level because I find them interesting and challenging. I’m interested in astronomy and generally any jobs that involve physics and maths for the day to day challenge. I definitely think it’s a good thing that the government are pushing physics and maths because it feels like they’re being valued as subjects and us as students are being valued too”.
UTC Norfolk Principal, Alex Hayes said:
“We were delighted to be invited to the launch of this important event. Whilst this message isn’t news to our students – they already know how highly valued maths and physics are by employers – I am pleased to see the government promoting greater awareness of the skills gap that the UK faces.”
UTC Norfolk is holding an open event for prospective year 12 students on Saturday 15th September. For more information visit www.utcn.org.uk/event/year-12-open-event.
For more information about the Your Life campaign, visit http://yourlife.org.uk/