The core purpose of the UTC is to help our students work out what they want to do and to help them develop the knowledge and skills for their future career. An important element of that is giving them a wide range of experiences to explore the careers and educational opportunities open to them. This is done through visits to employers and universities, projects and work experience placements. We also invite visiting speakers from companies and universities and hold an annual Technical Careers Fair (during Careers Week). Our policy statement on technical provider access can be found here:
Exciting careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
Think 'high tech' when you hear 'advanced manufacturing', a field that makes use of cutting edge materials and innovative technologies to improve products and processes. Engineers are problem solvers and combine science and maths to find solutions. Every product that has been designed and made has been ‘engineered’ - where would we be without engineers?
Working in STEM careers is all about making things better, faster, greener and safer. There are many exciting professions with opportunities for young people to get involved in new technologies, processes and materials in a variety of locations including offices, laboratories and outdoors on large sites.
High salaries for highly qualified engineers
Every year, the UK produces fewer engineers than it needs. This shortage means higher than average starting salaries for highly skilled engineers. Graduates in engineering and technology have the second highest starting salary at £27,079. Only medicine and dentistry has a higher starting salary. In comparison, the average starting salary for all graduates was £22,205. The UK average salary for all those in employment was £27,271. This means that graduates in engineering and technology start with a salary that is almost the same as the UK national average salary.
Young women in engineering
Women are underrepresented in STEM jobs, making up only one sixth of the engineering workforce in the UK and only 7% of professional engineers. The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineering professionals in Europe. There is no good reason for that to continue.
Local employers in the engineering sector want to see young talent succeed in the workplace. In particular, they want to see young women in engineering in well paid roles supporting the growth of their companies.
At the UTC, we believe that our specialism of advanced manufacturing and engineering provides a good route for a variety of rewarding career options for both young men and women. Engineering is an immensely high tech career using sophisticated electronics and mechanics.