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KS5 students gain industry insights at second UTC Pipeline Programme day

On Tuesday 3 December, UTC Reading held its second UTC Pipeline Programme day of the year for all KS5 students.

The UTC Reading Pipeline Programme offers students in KS5 the opportunity to work with leading organisations to develop the key skills needed to become work-ready. Our industry partners are all seeking apprentices, degree apprentices, and graduates.

Employer partners such as the Royal Navy, Fujitsu, The Virtual Forge, AWE and Salesforce joined us at the UTC Reading campus whilst other industry partners including Peter Brett Associates (now part of Stantec), Cloud Direct, SSE, Device Authority, Aker Solutions, Kyocera and Fiscal Technologies held off-site experiences for their groups of students.

The Royal Navy held a fabrication based challenge in the form of creating a metal screwdriver from specifications given to the students. This involved milling and machining metal to size and a detailed handle which involved heat shrinking material as a finish.

AWE issued a construction challenge involving building the tallest free-standing tower out of fragile materials to elevate a marshmallow the highest. The students were given twenty minutes to plan, execute and finish their towers. The competition heated up when students also started to model measuring sticks to compare their tower’s height against that of competing teams.

Device Authority worked with students acting as a security team, tasking them with securing and defending a smart factory with an Internet of Things (IoT) focus. They presented them with a wide range of threats whilst applying budget and time constraints to challenge the students.

We would like to thank all of our industry partners and staff for making the UTC Pipeline Programme day possible and look forward to the next session in February next year.

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett