Internship programme at Berkeley Green off to an exciting start

18th January 2017
Internship programme at Berkeley Green off to an exciting start

GE Aviation, Omega Engineering Services, Delphi and Versarian are the latest companies to support the new SGS Berkeley Green UTC with the exciting internship programme.

Leading local employers are appreciating the fantastic talent pool which will be provided by the new University Technical College (UTC) which opens this September at the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley by securing access with supported internships.

MD of Omega Engineering Services, Michael Gibbin has said “In the growing and safety critical aerospace industry, it is vitally important to inspire and train our young engineers.”

As with all UTCs, SGS Berkeley Green UTC's curriculum has been developed in partnership with employers, who have taken an active role in the development of the UTC and learners can join in either year 10 or year 12 to reflect the 14-19 age-range of learners studying at UTCs.

The year 10 intake will follow the national curriculum, (taught by experienced subject specific staff), enabling them to achieve the same number of GCSEs as they would in a school, but they will also spend additional time focused on undertaking specialist vocational education and projects, led by employers, in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, Cyber Security and Digital Technologies.

The year 12 intake will have the opportunity to do A levels, Technical qualifications or a mixture of both. These will be run alongside other industry relevant courses which will give progression routes into University, apprenticeships (advanced and higher) as well as opportunities straight into industry.

This enables learners at a UTC to become more attractive to employers as they have practical, relevant skills as well as having the same excellent education and qualifications as they would get within a secondary school or sixth form.

Kathrin Beckerleg from Delphi said of the internship scheme “there is a massive skills shortage for experienced engineers, and this will only deteriorate further unless we engage with students to highlight the variety of inspiring opportunities available locally.  As a renowned Apprentice and Graduate Employer, Delphi are always excited about new opportunities to help students apply learning to real life situations.”

 Internships will provide successful applicants who have already secured a place at the UTC with: 

  • Minimum of 4 weeks’ work placement each year;
  • Access and contact with an engineer or technologist from the supporting employer to provide a minimum of 5 days of mentoring each year;
  • Contribution to the students’ educational supplies and workwear
  • And a guaranteed interview with a chance to meet and present to managers within the company as the student completes his/her course.

If you are an employer in the Engineering or Digital Technology sectors and would like to get involved, please contact the Andrew Keenan, UTC Interim Principal, at Andrew.keenan@sgscol.ac.uk.

To find out more or apply for our courses and internships see our website at www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk or come along to our next open day on the 28th January at our Berkeley campus. If you want to engage with free STEM events then come to the upcoming Festomane exhibition (see the website for details www.festomane.co.uk) which will be attended by employers such as Delphi, GE Aviation, Omega Engineering Services and Renishaw. As well as career and training advice there will be loads of interactive activities to get hands on with.

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