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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.

13 industry partners ran sessions for Year 12 and 13 students, which equates to 192 students building direct relationships with local employers!  

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.

The students at Aker Solutions not only got an insight into the technical work of the company by learning the V-Model interpretation of the SDLC, but also got to network with staff and apprentices during their Christmas lunch.

Five students spent their UTC Pipeline Programme day at Cloud Direct in London Paddington, learning about the capabilities of remote access and the pivotal role of Windows Powershell.

Students with Kyocera SGS Precision Tools had a fascinating session on tool design and grinding, which enabled them to produce their own end mills, whilst students with Stantec were set a challenge to create their own city out of recyclable materials, causing them to, in one student’s words ‘think outside the box’!

The SSE cohort were invited to their Thatcham premises for a day of practical sessions and tours of the site. Students got the opportunity to learn about the roles that exist within SSW by talking to employees and apprentices.

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.

The team from Virtual Forge, Gaynor and Simon, focussed on designs and briefs for the development of an app with their cohort, whilst those with Fiscal Technologies got involved in a virtual reality team building session.

The Salesforce cohort learnt about the use of the platform for Cyber Security and the protection of data, whilst those with Juniper Networks (whose Pipeline day was on 9 December) worked with students to configure machines and start to build a network.

The team from Fujitsu, working with 20 students, said: “We really enjoyed working with the students and seeing the talent of the future development.”

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