I would like to welcome all of our new students as they prepare for their future journey to become the Scientists and Engineers of the future. I have every confidence that the students will be equipped with the skills and aptitudes that make them highly employable. We have had some excellent destination outcomes this Summer and started the year with our Employer-Focussed Induction programme where our partners have eagerly met with the new students in year 10 and 12. South West Water, Linden Homes, Centrax and The Environment Agency led a series of interactive and real-world challenges that enabled our students to experience the nature of their work. The Environment Agency set our students with a challenge to design a portable device to remove plastic nurdles from our beautiful sandy beaches,whilst South West Water increased the scale of challenge to ensure that our towns and villages have a clean water supply that meets the fluctuating demands of our popular holiday destinations.
Local employers are working with our teachers to extend learning beyond text-books and school-desks. Their partnership with the UTC enhances the work of our specialist STEM subjects providing our students with a real and valued focus to their learning. Our staff have worked hard to strengthen the industrial and business links established in the early years of the UTC and I have seen many light-bulb moments when a boy or girl realises they have found their chosen career. It is so difficult for young people to know what to do and my role provides a connection for them – a foot-in-the-door and an opportunity to make a memorable first-impression.
We are unique in that we can provide so many opportunities for our students to experience an employer-driven curriculum. This helps to remind them of the importance of working to their full potential so that they can successfully gain stable employment and sense of professional fulfilment. Where possible we look for ways in which we can instil passion and drive in our students. We are very proud of the destinations our 2019 graduates have secured and their achievements are highly encouraging and motivating for all of our students. We look forward to so many more excellent outcomes and encourage all young people to join us on their journey to skilful and capable technical careers.