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STEM Ambassadors needed for student interviews
Could you spare half a day to interview students at a University Technical College? If so, read on!
The Duke of York Award for Technical Education recognises achievement in University Technical Colleges, which offer an intensive 14-19 STEM curriculum based on real-world projects devised in partnership with employers.
The Award is offered at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. It is based on a combination of qualifications, work experience and competencies.
Each UTC offers one or two technical specialisms in engineering, science, technology and ICT. Students also study core academic subjects including English and maths. Most students go on to further or higher education, apprenticeships or jobs in their chosen field, though some choose to change direction when they leave their UTC. Many UTC alumni will go on to join professional institutions.
The competency framework developed for the Duke of York Award draws on Registered Technician standards for engineers, scientists and IT technicians – EngTech, RSciTech and ITTech. This encourages students to see themselves as working towards professional recognition.
Each spring and summer, volunteers interview candidates for Duke of York Awards, using the competency framework as a template. In 2015, we need to arrange interviews in 14 UTCs around England. The minimum commitment is half a day – a morning or afternoon. UTCs don’t pay a fee or reimburse travel expenses, but volunteers invariably say they enjoy their time with the students.
Please visit www.utcolleges.org/stem-ambassadors to find out more and register your interest.
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