It is a lovely sunny day and Shelley and Sally have visited the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park for a tour of the (nearly) new South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Berkeley Green Campus and UTC (University Technology Centre). The college opened its new engineering centre in 2017 with a focus on Engineering, Construction, Science and Digital Technology. Martin Keyworth, Business Executive gave us a tour of the fantastic facilities.
Immediately on entering the building it has a workplace feel, which in our opinion is the perfect atmosphere for the learning and development of our future workforce. The open space and industrial feel to the site is like walking in to anyone of our engineering employers. If you can prepare students from the beginning as to what it is like to work in these environments it can only enhance their employability further.
Students are able to complete Engineering up to Level 3, Technical Construction up to Level 3 and also Welding and Fabrication up to Level 3 in a brand new workshop .
Having another location for engineering in the county is great news for employers as there is a high demand for these skills within the sector. As well as having the Digital Technologies and Cyber Security courses to provide highly skilled and talented young people into this growing sector.
The facilities both of the college and the UTC (University Technical College) are as impressive as the views!
The UTC is available to students from year 10 onwards who want to look at the option of a more vocational route and develop the talents of those who are showing an aptitude and passion for Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Technologies, Cyber Security and Applied Science. There are students travelling far and wide to access the facilities here and we can certainly see why.
Having an alternative option for students from year 10 onwards is something we feel very passionately about not only for the students who would benefit from this route in education but also to meet the demands of employers in the county, if the talent is here and local, lets harness, nurture and develop these young people and continue to grow our own talent through innovative courses, education, work experience and of course apprenticeships!
Look out for some more SWAC Blogs in the future, we love to get out and about and visit places across the South West. We want to share with people the options that are there, so that you can make informed decisions about career and education.