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UTC Reading awarded Centre of Excellence status

UTC Reading has been awarded "Centre of Excellence" status for equipping students with digital skills and qualifications. The award comes from Prodigy Learning and recognises the variety of ways in which the UTC develops industry standard qualifications.

Among the achievements so far this year, our Year 13 students are building their CVs with “prof quals” (professional qualifications) from Microsoft, AutoDesk, and Adobe. This will help them to seek out the best apprenticeships and sponsored degree programmes when they finish this summer.

We have already beaten last year’s record of exams passed by our students, even with another four months to go before the end of the academic year.

Students in every yeargroup are allocated time in their timetable to study for these exams, which is optional. This proves their level of commitment to improving their skills and qualifications, and we are extremely proud of them. UTC Reading invests in our students’ future by funding every exam taken, as an integral part of our career pathways support programme.

At Christmas during our Student Celebration Evening, Toby Aurelius and Risha Divyesh were presented with prizes by Prodigy Learning in recognition of their achievements in MTAs and MOS exams. More recently, Year 13 student Katie Munday sat and passed her Revit exam, which was an amazing accomplishment and will be highly valued by industry. The heat is on as students as young as 14 are now regularly sitting the professional qualification exams.

Andrew Griggs, Country Manager for Prodigy Learning, said: “It is a great pleasure to be presenting UTC Reading with a “Centre of Excellence Award” for delivery of IT certifications.  This award is presented by Prodigy Learning to recognise exceptional performance in delivering internationally recognised IT certifications from industry leaders such as Adobe, Autodesk and Microsoft. 

"Prodigy Learning awards Centre of Excellence status annually to a small number of centres (academic institutions and private training providers) in the UK & Ireland to mark the delivery of over 250 IT certifications in the year.” 

Wayne Edwards, vice principal, and Jonathan Nicholls, assistant principal for engineering and science, are pictured receiving the award on behalf of UTC Reading.

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