Welcome from the Executive Principal
In September 2014, The WMG Academy for Young Engineers opened our first Academy for 14-18 year olds. It is one of the family of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – which are led by businesses and a university. Our students will study Engineering alongside their GCSE and A levels.
A key feature of our curriculum is our close working relationship with local and national employers. They set our learners technical projects which are based on the day-to-day problems and situations they have to resolve in their companies. All our projects will also be designed to ensure students learn core skills and competencies and gain a range of qualifications as they work through the problems that have been set by our employer partners. We are already working with Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, SCC, Prodrive, Ricardo, Automotive Insulations, Squires Gears, Dassault Systemes, Tata Motors and Bosch. We hope that many more businesses will also join us.
Building the employability skills that our employers value, has shaped how we will deliver some of our curriculum. Through our employer projects we will develop our student’s competence in team working, problem solving, creativity, leadership, communication, resilience and the ability to respond to change.
We are very excited about the WMG Academy. The potential for our students to really engage with engineering and with business, to develop their own personal pathways to their future career is huge. Employers also have an opportunity to really future-proof their businesses by ensuring a stream of informed, educated and prepared employees of the future.
The WMG Academy for Young Engineers focuses on a broad base of engineering with specialist attention being given to the areas which are applicable to local employers in the automotive, aerospace and high-value manufacturing sectors in addition to the core subjects of English, Maths, and Science.
It is my job as Executive Principal to make sure that every student, upon leaving our Academies, is well-equipped to progress to the next stage of their career, whether that’s into further or higher education, into an apprenticeship or into employment. We are here to help educate the next generation of engineers, from automotive to aerospace, from designers to technicians. You need to have an interest in engineering to study with us and interested in creating, doing and designing things.
The potential for our students to really engage with engineering and business, to develop their own personal pathways to their future career is huge. There is also a great opportunity for employer partners to future-proof their business by ensuring a steady stream of informed, educated and prepared employees of the future.
Kate Tague, Executive Principal