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Local businesses connect with engineers and scientists of the future at South Devon UTC’s first business breakfast

Encouraging businesses to develop connections with engineers, environmentalists and scientists of the future, South Devon University Technical College (UTC) hosted its first ever business breakfast this month.
Newton Abbot’s pioneering technical college invited the region’s businesses to meet the staff and students to find out more about the benefits of employer partnerships.
Guests received a guided tour of the college on Kingsteignton Road and its state-of-the-art facilities before enjoying a continental breakfast buffet and networking. After breakfast, South Devon UTC’s students and staff revealed more about the work the college does around Engineering, Science and the Environment.

Claire Plumb, Principal at South Devon UTC, commented: “We were delighted to welcome local businesses from across the region to our first business breakfast. It gave us a great opportunity to reveal what goes on behind these doors and highlight how important it is for local employers to connect with the engineers and scientists of the future.”

Claire continued: “Our students gave some fantastic presentations on why they chose to focus on STEM and how South Devon UTC has made a positive impact to their learning. We also conducted a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, which can be booked for business use, and revealed how employers can benefit from partnering with South Devon UTC. Employers who actively engage to push forward the training and development of young people are gaining the benefit of a professional, communicative and capable future work-force.”

Launched in 2015 with a £10.7 million investment from the Department for Education, South Devon UTC values its employer partnerships. Companies from across the region have helped shape the curriculum, provide Challenge Projects and offer work experience to ensure student leavers are equipped with the skills and experiences needed to be work ready and to progress in their chosen fields. As a result, South Devon UTC has continued to gain a reputation for presenting skilful problem-solvers with professional attributes and competencies that are in demand in South Devon.
This unique approach has made a positive impact on the students learning at South Devon UTC, evident in the college’s impressive exam results this summer. 100% of post-16 Applied Science students gained distinction stars in all of their qualifications. Furthermore, 70% of Engineering students achieved at least one distinction star with over half of those achieving either two or three distinction stars, the highest grade in these qualifications.
Many South Devon UTC leavers have achieved or surpassed their target grades and have moved on to appropriately challenging destinations including Hinkley Point, South West Water, MB Aerospace, Centrax and The Royal Navy.
This unique, hands-on approach to learning was reflected in the college’s first OFSTED report earlier in the year. The report read “as a result of the school’s extensive business links, all students found places in education, employment or training when they left.” Furthermore, the report recognised that “high quality careers education and guidance and a close relationship between the school and the local business community, along with strong university links” ensured that pupils’ aspirations were high.