EDT pilots EES Applied with UTC Cambridge
UTC Cambridge is one of the most exciting innovations to take place in education, offering specialist science to a generation ready to become part of the global network of biomedical and environmental science and technology professionals. Backed by Cambridge University Health Partners and Cambridge Regional College, it provides a curriculum closely aligned to the needs of the local and national labour market.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are crucial fields when it comes to driving innovation. Yet businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit qualified STEM employees into their workforce. On Tuesday 24 November 2015, UTC collaborated with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) for the first time to offer 50 UTC students a project based work experience linked with supporting company representatives.
The scheme known as ‘EES Applied’ provides much needed employability skills and increased local careers awareness. Sponsored by ARM and MathWorks with additional mentor support from Redgate, the scheme draws on the track record of EES but is focused more towards potential apprentices and those considering vocational routes into STEM.
During this 12 week period, 8 teams of students worked on projects set by the RNIB for the benefit of blind or partially sighted. The students either worked on a navigational route planner or an energy saving device.
The Celebration and Assessment Day was held Wednesday 3rd February 2016. This was an opportunity for the students to show off their ideas, to have their projects reviewed by assessors from local businesses and for the students to graduate as Gold level Industrial Cadets having completed 50 hours of work.
Feedback from students revealed that 100% of students gained a better understanding of the practical applications of STEM and 80% improved their technical skills. This demonstrates that by enthusing young people about STEM, employers can help to develop the creativity, problem-solving and employability skills of young people and widen the understanding and awareness of STEM careers with the next generation of UK employees. Following the success of this pilot EDT are looking to run another EES applied scheme in the south east later this academic year.
If you would like to find out how you can improve the engineering and employability skills of our young people, please contact our team.