Backers of new technical school for Leeds urge young people to consider career in manufacturing

University Technical College Leeds principal  Mark Kennedy.
University Technical College Leeds principal Mark Kennedy.
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A NEW university technical college which opens it doors in Leeds this year is to hold a launch event tomorrow to urge young people to consider careers in manufacturing and engineering.

UTC Leeds plans to take pupils from across the city region offering specialised vocational education in both areas.

UTCs take on pupils at both 14 and 16 and offer a mix of technical and traditional academic education.

Now some of the employers who are backing the UTC including Unilever, Siemens, Agfa Graphics, 600 UK, Airedale Springs and Cutting Technologies are calling for young people to go into manufacturing and engineering in order to safeguard the future of the sector in the region.

The school will be launched tomorrow at Leeds Civic Hall between 5pm and 8pm. In light of the recent Annual Manufacturing Report 2016 revealing 84 per cent of manufacturers believe not enough is being done to it an attractive career choice, Jane Robinson, director and co-founder of Cutting Technologies, said the event is the perfect way to showcase the sector. She said: “A lot of local manufacturers and engineers have found it hard to hire people with the correct skills and talents in recent years, and many young people don’t seem to be considering careers in STEM anymore. We need our young people to seriously consider working towards careers in our industry to ensure its success in the years to come. As a woman working in manufacturing, I’m particularly pleased to support UTC Leeds’ aim to have girls making up at least 30 per cent of its intake. Mark Kennedy, principal of UTC Leeds added: “The Annual Manufacturing Report 2016 questioned the ‘preparedness’ of school leavers with 77 per cent of respondents claiming 17-18 year olds were ‘poorly’ or ‘very poorly’ prepared for work.

“This school offers a gateway to fulfilling and lucrative careers in manufacturing and engineering.”

We’re working alongside Yorkshire’s biggest businesses to ensure our curriculum fits the needs of advanced manufacturers and that our students will be ready for both the world of work and further study when they leave.”

Applications for UTC Leeds are now open and the school’s backers say a few places remain.

UTC Leeds technical qualifications will be in advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing sector.

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