UTC Leeds Industry Immersion Fortnight


FOCUS: Help students understand the range of opportunities in their region in the engineering and manufacturing sectors to give them the best start possible to their journey at the specialist UTC

 In 2012 only 28% of the manufacturing workforce had qualifications at Level 4 or above whereas by 2022 70% of opportunities will require qualifications at this level.

Leeds City Region Employment & Skills Plan, June 2016

The very first UTC in Leeds opened in September 2016 to provide high quality academic and vocational training focused specifically on the advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing sector – an area of future replacement shortage identified across the Leeds City Region.

To help get students started and firmly embedded in UTC life, they came to Ahead Partnership for a solution that would engage, inspire and motivate students and create a lasting impression that would stay with them throughout their careers.

For the last two years our Industry Immersion Fortnight has involved a wide range of workplace visits to local manufacturing and engineering businesses including Siemens, Unilever, Arris, Medasil and Veolia where students got a tour and took part in activities and challenges to give them a deeper understanding of these sectors.

In 2016 the fortnight also included a Careers Event for Year 10 and 12 students where small groups speed networked with dozens of regional employers such as Hesco, Arla and Smurfit Kappa to find out more about the opportunities available to them and routes into employment.

 "Across the UK many engineering businesses are struggling to find qualified, capable people so these activities are about young adults understanding what these working environments are like and right from the beginning understanding what this sector is like."

Simon Nadin, General Manager, Siemens

 2017 Results

  • 100% of students said it improved their knowledge of the skills needed for work
  • 94% of students said it improved their confidence
  • 99% of students said the businesses were interesting and mixed
  • 100% of students said the fortnight had a positive impact for them


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