Combining university starts with known higher apprenticeship starts provides an aggregate figure for all UTC leavers who progressed to a ‘higher’ destination: 67% of Y13 UTC leavers, compared with 51.2% nationally.
In 2021, 55% of Y13 UTC leavers started higher education at university, compared with 50% nationally. 19% started apprenticeships, compared with 6% nationally.
Where the level of apprenticeship was indicated, higher starts (Level 4+) accounted for more than half (63%) of all UTC leaver apprenticeship destinations, 3x the national average.
STEM subjects continue to prove popular with UTC students, with 70% of those entering university starting a course related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (where a preference was indicated). Nationally, 42% students take a STEM-related course at university.
Given the importance of science and engineering to our economy, and the potential skills shortage in these areas, the idea of a school like this is obvious and yet it takes someone to actually do it. That is the genius of the place, that someone has got the concept up-and-running and that they are delivering the curriculum in partnership with organisations such as the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Over half of the roles in the Royal Navy are engineering. That’s why it’s great that UTCs provide an exciting environment for students to learn all aspects of engineering. We are privileged to be supporting young engineers. We need to encourage this area of expertise. If we do not get this right, we sink and we are not protecting the country. Engineering is our future and young people are our future.