University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are the best-known model of Technical Academies. They specialise in subjects that need modern, technical, industry-standard equipment - such as engineering and construction - and teach these disciplines alongside business skills and the use of ICT. Each UTC is sponsored by a university and industry partner and responds to local skills needs. They provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to progress at 19 into higher or further education, an apprenticeship or employment.
Studio Schools are innovative new schools for 14 to 19-year-olds, delivering project-based, practical learning alongside mainstream academic study. Students will work with local employers and a personal coach, and follow a curriculum designed to give them the skills and qualifications they need in work or to continue in education.
Information about the application process for those considering establishing a Studio School.
General article 02 September 2011
An introduction to Studio Schools.
General article 22 August 2011
Information on the application process to become a University Technical College (UTC).
General article 14 June 2011