Destination Data

2019 Destinations

Destinations (young people going on to meaningful next steps and careers) are the reasons for UTCs existing.  This focused approach to education is new to the North East of England and employers and parents say that young people leave UTC with strong workplace skills and a confidence that sets them up for future careers.

Headlines include:

  • 100% of our Year 11 leavers have a positive destination in education, employment or training
  • For Year 13 leavers, all who wanted to have gone to University and 100% of those went to study STEM degrees (including Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Aerospace Engineering, Maths)
  • 66% of students secured Apprenticeships (higher or advanced) – eight times the national average and twice the UTC average - covering a wide range of sectors (including mechanical engineering, project management, fabrication, toolmaking, welding and finance)



UTC South Durham


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*NEET stands for not in education, employment or training

UTC South Durham does not set targets for the proportion of students heading to university, apprenticeships or employment; the focus is about finding the best route for every individual student and helping them to achieve that next step.

See below for some case studies of some of our students – we are very proud of their achievements:

Student Destination Case Studies – 2019

Many of our students had positive destinations this year, see below one of our successes:

Jake Westmorland, Level 3 Apprenticeship in Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Manufacture Engineering at Hydram Engineering

Neil Mawson, Training Manager for Hydram said, 

'In order to engage and nurture a talent pool, Hydram Engineering has worked alongside UTC South Durham to develop curriculum, even supporting with the delivery of practical engineering qualifications within the UTC Engineering hall.

In 2019 Hydram employed Jake directly from the UTC, he had the knowledge, attitude and workplace skills that as a business makes our job of training and developing him easier. Jake studied A levels at the UTC and this shows, he is already developing into a confident and capable engineer.' 

Jake said, 

'I valued my time at UTC as it prepared me for the work life and gave me an insight of how it would be, this is an opportunity that not a lot of people get to do. While I was there I was introduced to machines like lathes and CNC milling machines, this got me feeling comfortable around equipment, learning how to run and maintain them. We also got given the opportunity to do work experience, this was great as we could choose a company which sounded good to us, yet again preparing us for work.

While being at UTC I felt appreciated and valued. Catherine and Cherakee never stopped believing in me, they were always presenting me with new opportunities and advice which really helped me throughout my time at UTC and made finding an apprenticeship easier.'

For any further information about destinations please contact our Careers Leader on:
01325 430 250

Where have UTC students gone..?

National UTC Destination Data 2018

2020 Destinations Case Studies