NOV 16: UTC throws open its doors!

Young people interested in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, are being invited to an opening evening at Salisbury's University Technical College (UTC).

The UTC on Wilton Road is opening its doors to prospective students and their parents on Thursday November 16th from 6:30pm. 

Principal Joe Mulligan said: “I often describe a UTC as being a big school, they sit somewhere between school and a college, and offer a calmer and more grown-up environment. With our fantastic facilities, specialist equipment, experienced teaching staff, and links with employers, we are inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future.”

A range of employers and academic sponsors will be there to talk to young people about careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and how they support the UTC. 

Principal, Joe Mulligan, emphasised that the support they get from the employers is fantastic. “They can’t do enough for us,” he said. “They support us in the curriculum, industry projects, employability skills and mock interviews, as well as offering our students work experience and apprenticeships.”

These strong links have paid off for two former students. Lee Dickinson and Sam Walters, have recently started a two year apprenticeship programme in engineering at Twinings in Andover. 

After the two year apprenticeship the pair hope to continue working at Twinings with the opportunity of being funded through a HND/Degree programme in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering. 

“I decided not to go to university although I have secured a place,” said Lee. “With this apprenticeship I am earning money and there are lots of opportunities.”

During the open evening student ambassadors will be doing guided tours of the UTC's specialist facilities and visitors will be able to see for themselves the UTC in action and have a go themselves. 

“We definitely offer a unique alternative to other education providers in the region. Progression into specialist areas from UTCs is excellent, whether directly into employment or continuing education at either college or university,” said Principal, Joe Mulligan.


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