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Seven years in: can University Technical Colleges develop work-ready students to fill the skills gap?

12 December 2017

The first evaluation of University Technical College (UTC) approaches to curriculum design and employer engagement has found that project-based learning and employer involvement has helped to create more well-rounded, work-ready students. The new report, published today, was undertaken by the National Foundation for Educational Research on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Edge Foundation to evaluate the UTC model to inform sector-wide practice.

In this interim report, titled: ‘Evaluation of University Technical Colleges (UTCs)’, researchers visited 10 UTCs, three in the north of England, three in the midlands and four in the south of England, interviewing leaders, staff, pupils, employers and sponsoring universities.

Key findings from today’s report include:

The report advises new UTCs to:

The next stage of the evaluation, to be published next year, will focus on UTCs with high levels of employer and university engagement and will include a best practice guide for UTCs on working with education and industry stakeholders.

You can find the interim report here.

The full press release can be found here. For any media enquiries, please contact: Victoria Runcie at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0620; email: