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Take a look at the latest UTC Reading news, including projects our students have been working on and awards they’ve won.

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  • Coronavirus update and information

    Published 26/02/20

    We are aware that there may be an update from the Government this weekend. If there are any implications for schools, we will update you further on Monday.

     

     

    Update 20 March 2020

    We have been sending daily updates to parents and these can all be found here: http://www.alet.org.uk/coronavirus/.

    The Department for Education (DfE) have released further details on the arrangement for exams which have been cancelled in the academic year 2019/20 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Full release here. 

    The government have released guidance around key workers. It’s important to note that many parents working in the sectors listed may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Full update to parents at 10.00am this morning.

    Latest updates: Update for Parents 19 March 2020

    Previous updates can be found below:

    Update 18 March:

    Following the update from the UK government's Education Secretary today, stating that schools will close at the end of this week (until further notice) our Leadership Team are working to put in place final plans for next week, to include how we continue to provide support for children of key workers and our most vulnerable children. We will release further information tomorrow morning.

    Update 17.03.20

    Please note that UTC Reading is open as normal for students in Years 11 &13. Year 10 and 12 students are working from home with remote learning access & activities set up. Should students experience difficulties with accessing tasks, they should email the relevant member of staff. We will continue to send out regular updates. Thanks for your support. For information on the latest Coronavirus news, please visit http://www.alet.org.uk/coronavirus/

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  • UTC Reading students use technical skills to deliver first live-streamed Open Event online

    Published 09/07/20

    UTC Reading held their first virtual live-streamed open event on Tuesday 7 July, produced by a group of Year 12 students.  

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  • ALET Industry Insights talk with renewable energy company, SSE Renewables

    Published 09/07/20

    On Thursday 2 July, students across the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) listened into the eighth Industry Insight talk in the series, this time with the spotlight on SSE Renewables. 

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  • UTC Reading celebrate Women in Engineering

    Published 09/07/20

    To carry on celebrations from International Women in Engineering Day in June, Thames Water hosted a further virtual event, bringing together a team of speakers to recognise the impact of women in this field. 

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  • Students inspired by entrepreneur who set up his own very successful business

    Published 01/07/20

    As part of the weekly ALET Industry Insight series of talks, students were treated to a talk from Aaron Rudman-Hawkins from  The Evergreen Agency  on 25th June. 

    Aaron and his team at The Evergreen Agency help SMEs and corporate organisations with their marketing campaigns, advising and mentoring them on the use of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC) strategies. The talk wasn’t just targeted at students interested in a career in marketing, but also the entrepreneurs seeking inspiration on setting up their own businesses and hearing from someone who has.  

    Aaron talked students through his amazing story of leaving school to finding his dream career and the various roles in along the way. Throughout this time, he was building websites in the background as a hobby and told students how through this and his first role as a Junior Developer he discovered his passion for SEO.  

    From there, Aaron took the brave step of setting up his very own agency in 2013, dedicated to supporting businesses with this.  

    The Evergreen Agency is now one of the leading SEO companies in Oxfordshire, going from strength to strength.    

    Aaron said: “Thanks to Amy and the team at UTC Reading. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the students through my story from cabin crew to business owner. I’ve had a wild ride over the last decade or so and it was fun to look back on the decisions made, risks taken and opportunities seized upon.” 

    “I hope the students found it useful and take some learnings away from the talk as anything is possible if you work hard and be nice to people.” 

    The Industry Insights talk series is broadcast via Microsoft Teams Live every Thursday (term-time) at 2pm.  

    Thank you to Aaron for taking the time to speak with our students and guide them through some very important and valuable life lessons, offering inspiration and a motivation to find a job you are passionate about. 

    You can watch this session back, below:

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  • ALET Industry Insight with Sage

    Published 19/06/20

    Students across the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) were given an insight into multinational enterprise software company, Sage.

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  • Thames Water give inspiring second Industry Insight talk to students

    Published 18/06/20

    After a successful inaugural ALET Industry Insight talk with IT professionals and graduates from Thames Water on 4 May, we were delighted to welcome them back - this time with apprentices and engineers.   

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  • Students enjoy a unique Industry Insight session with Network Rail

    Published 18/06/20

    As part of the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) series of weekly Industry Insights with leading employers, on Thursday 4 June, students were given the opportunity to listen into a brilliant talk from representatives at Network Rail. 

    Network Rail are responsible for running, maintaining and developing Britain's railway. From major architectural developments to simple overnight repairs, their engineers are shaping the future, designing and building transport infrastructure that will transform the railway for future generations – and there are so many different opportunities! 

    During the talk, students gained an ‘Industry Insight’ into a variety of roles at Network Rail. Firstly, they heard from Daryoush Ashouri, who joined Network Rail in September 2019 as a graduate, after finishing his Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde.  

    Daryoush passionately spoke to students about how he is constantly trying to push himself and come up with new ideas that will not only benefit himself but the company as a whole. He is pitching his ideas to the CEO of the company soon and we wish him well with his ambitious plans!  

    When asked about the Industry Insight session, Daryoush said: “ it was a great opportunity to understand what the younger students are looking for from employers and see how they can support their development and present them with the right opportunity and advice”.  

    Next up was Jordanna Mills, Train Maintenance Apprentice at Network Rail, who showcased apprenticeships at Network Rail brilliantly. If you would like to hear more from Jordanna about life as an apprentice, she answered questions for Network Rail here: https://campaign.n365.co.uk/your-career-track/2020/01/24/first-hand-account-of-what-its-like-to-be-an-engineering-apprentice/ 

    Last but not least, it was great to have Amy Ellis on the call, to tell us about her role as Talent Acquisition Specialist at Network Rail and to give further details about all entry points into the company for students, graduates and job seekers.  

    We had also hoped to also hear from Emma Dunne, Senior Asset Engineer Track, who joined Network Rail three and a half years ago. Emma is going from strength to strength thanks to the possibilities for personal growth and training within the company. Unfortunately, due to technical issues we were unable to welcome her onto the call, but would like to thank her for her input nonetheless.  

    Thank you to all three speakers from Network Rail and to the very engaged audience! We appreciate your time and unique insight into industry.  

    Please click on the video below to watch it back.  

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  • Industry Insight with Microsoft

    Published 12/06/20

    Students across our Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) are still being able to access amazing industry insights from leading employers without even being in school. 

    We are currently running WEEKLY talks featuring sought-after employers, with this week's virtual talk coming from Microsoft.

    You can view the virtual talk in full below:

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  • Impact of UTCs

    Published 03/06/20

    The Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) have published an Impact Report looking at how UTCs up and down the country have impacted the education landscape. 

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  • Industry Insights: Women in STEM

    Published 19/05/20

    Every Thursday at 2pm, students are able to join a virtual Industry Insight Talk, hosted by Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET).

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  • Students get access to weekly Industry Insight Talks with leading experts, with the first session held with Thames Water ​​​​​​​

    Published 19/05/20

    Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) have introduced a series of weekly Industry Insight talks with a range of leading employers.

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