Abbeywood Community School

Engineering Centre

Dear Parents and Carers

Do you work in the engineering sector? Would you like to play a part in developing the engineers of the future?

In June of this year, the Engineering Centre at Abbeywood Community School became the very first ‘sleeve’ model of UTCs adopted into mainstream secondary schools. We are proud to be at the forefront of this national initiative and excited to have the opportunity to develop an engineering curriculum that prepares students to make a positive contribution to the engineering sector.

We are looking to appoint two parent representatives onto our Employer Engagement Forum. Employers are vital to making the curriculum relevant and to linking subject content to the world of work which stimulates interest and curiosity in students. As well as the establishment of an Employer Engagement Forum,                    important components such as the introduction of project-based learning, collaborative learning experiences, work experience, mentoring and masterclasses are all crucial aspects within the UTC Sleeve programme designed to inspire learning.

It is a crucial time for the engineering and manufacturing sector in Britain. We believe that schools can play a vital role in equipping young people to be appropriately skilled and experienced, ready to make a worthwhile contribution to the local workforce. However, this can’t happen unless we engage purposefully with our industry partners to intentionally develop students’ personal attributes and employability skills.

Although we still have details to clarify, I would anticipate an initial meeting sometime in the first half of November, after the October half term break. I have approached industry partners from a range of sectors to create the right balance of experience and enthusiasm. This will also include representation from our governing body and the Baker Dearing Trust; the organisation responsible for UTCs across the country.

If you have ideas about how education and industry could work more closely together to develop a relevant and dynamic engineering curriculum, please do get in touch via email at iain.williams@olympustrust.co.uk. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Warm Regards

Iain Williams

Head of Engineering