Greater Peterborough UTC (GPUTC) is an exciting new University Technical College based in the centre of Peterborough with engineering and the built environment at the heart of all we do. Opened in September 2016, our new school is the choice for the city’s engineers, designers, architects and construction specialists of the future.
Students can join GPUTC in year 10 or year 12 and enjoy learning in our new £12 million state-of -the-art building, using industry leading-facilities and equipment.
Our mission is simple; to provide an outstanding educational experience that will equip our students with the technical skills and practical work experience needed to get a head start in their chosen technical career.
Unique in our educational offering, our school works closely with our industry sponsors which include Anglian Water, Larkfleet Home and Perkins Engines to provide students with the opportunity to combine academic study (GCSEs and A Levels), vocational training and practical work experience offering a new type of education not found in most traditional schools. ‘Learning by doing’ is central to our method of teaching. Our employer project approach is innovative and it will ensure that each student is fully prepared with the necessary skills as a springboard for progressing onto higher education, apprenticeships, further training or directly into employment.
In fact, we’re so confident in what we have to offer that we guarantee all of our graduates a job interview with our industry sponsors at the end of their time at the school. This brings about a different ethos within the school and as a result, we expect our students to conduct themselves in such a way which demonstrates that every day is an interview.
Small in nature as well as size, our climate is one of mutual support and respect, individuals gain the motivation to work with initiative and independence and also the self-confidence to ask questions and to seek the help of others.
What is a UTC?
‘UTC’ stands for University Technical College which is a pioneering approach to learning for 14 – 19-year-olds offering specialist technical programmes alongside traditional study of the core key academic subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Geography.
Local businesses sponsoring us and our students are an appealing element of being a UTC. Our sponsors, and many other organisations want high calibre people with the right skills to become valuable employees and, as a result, they play a key role in forming the curriculum. The university designation flags both our sponsorship by the HE sector and the fact that our technical focuses are a great preparation for University as well as work.
UTCs are open to students from the age of 14 through to 19, allowing pupils to engineer their career at a key age in their lives when they’re more aware of their interests and begin to realise future aspirations. A UTC provides the opportunity to work alongside like-minded students who share common interests in the UTC’s specialisms.
GPUTC is associated with the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which promotes this model of technical schooling. The programme has the support of the Government and has the commitment from universities and employers who are working in locations across the country to open UTCs.
For more information on the Baker Dearing Education Trust please visit: http://www.utcolleges.org/
Why a UTC in Peterborough?
The UK needs advanced technical skills if it is to prosper in the 21st century.
"2.56 million Engineering roles need to be filled in the UK by 2022"
To continue to develop Greater Peterborough’s economy and to ensure the city thrives, we need to ensure that we are providing the correct workforce to meet the demands of our local employers which are expanding through the investments and developments being made in the City, surrounding towns and villages. It is essential that we maximise the opportunities for people from within our own communities to effectively develop the skills that will enable them to access the jobs that our employers can offer.
We want to raise aspirations and performance to enable more students in the Greater Peterborough region to compete with the best and aspire to high-quality jobs and higher education in internationally recognised institutions such as our sponsor Anglia Ruskin University.
As Peterborough aspires to be the city for sustainability development and hosts some of the UK’s largest businesses within the engineering and built environment sectors, it is the ideal place to home a UTC. GPUTC sets out to train a workforce that is able to develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources, and meet all the challenges of the future.