The school aims to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators. Project-based learning is at the heart of the learning experience at UTC Reading. It wants to inspire students with the challenges of solving real-life industrial and community problems, gaining the technical and soft skills needed to contribute to the future of businesses and public services.
As a lead school for computing at school (CAS), UTC Reading also engages with local primary and secondary schools to increase interest in taking computer science and engineering.
The school is supported by Activate Learning (an education and training group based in Oxford, which runs schools, further education colleges and work-based training across Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and delivers higher-education and international study programmes too), together with a range of industry partners, including Cisco, Microsoft, Network Rail and Peter Brett Associates.
Students at the school work with employers on industry-specific projects. This helps them build relevant skills, including teamwork and communication, and gain experience which prepares them for the workplace.
Commenting on Microsoft’s partnership with the school, Steve Beswick, Director of Education for Microsoft said:
“Microsoft has a long and proud history supporting education in the UK. One area of focus for us is the promotion of computer science in schools for young people. This promotion is essential so that we can develop talent and ensure the UK continues to produce world class computer science and programming graduates.”