Today marks a milestone for education in Dartford, Kent, with the first cohort of young people beginning their Advanced Apprenticeship programme at The Leigh UTC.
Since opening in September 2014, The Leigh UTC has had many enquiries with regards to apprenticeship programmes, apprenticeship reforms and opportunities to develop business / educational partnerships. Our partnership with SEMTA and The Leigh UTC offers Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes including HNC at Level 4 in Manufacturing Engineering. Being able to offer career related pathways from aged 14 upwards will see The Leigh UTC stand out as a true trailblazer.
Principal Steve Leahey commented “Engineering is central to what we offer here at the Leigh UTC so it is a logical step for us to enable students to achieve advanced level technical qualifications which will enable them to work at the forefront of their industry.”
A number of local employers have already signed their apprentices up for the programme including Stead and Wilkins, Boddingtons and Kenard Engineering. Their apprentices will attend the Leigh UTC once a week following a technical curriculum which will help them build the knowledge they will need to become highly skilled and valued employees. The programme aims to set our apprentices on a life long learning pathway whilst also addressing the skills gap within the engineering industry.
The Leigh UTC continues to look to expand the apprenticeship scheme and welcomes applications from prospective apprentices.
Above: Steve Leahey, Principal with the first cohort of apprentices at The Leigh UTC, Keith Ellis, Chair of Governors and Clive Barker, Vice Chair of Governors.