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21st February 2022

University College Birmingham partner with The Smallpeice Trust

University College Birmingham have unveiled an exciting new range of engineering college courses. The Smallpeice Trust is delighted to partner with them to inspire more young people in Birmingham to follow a career path in engineering.

There is a significant shortfall of engineers each year and the West Midlands Industrial Strategy identifies there is a ‘missing middle’ of technical skills at levels two and three. The new courses on offer provide a route to a career in engineering, with many jobs on offer within in the region and beyond.

From September 2022, University College Birmingham will be offering a BTEC Level 2, BTEC Level 3 and T-Level qualification – covering a broad range of engineering specialisms, from electronics to manufacturing. All the courses will have a key focus on sustainability, enabling learners to play a vital part in shaping the future of engineering after their studies.

Students on these courses will have access to brand new purpose-built facilities for modern 'green' engineering practices at their city centre campuses. These will include an Industry 4.0 cyber suite, CAD/BIM suite, robotics simulator and a variety of rigs as well as a production line, process manufacturing plant and fluid dynamics software.

The Smallpeice Trust will offer Year 11s in Birmingham schools the opportunity to get hands on with engineering and test their skills by taking part in our Speaker Challenge STEM Day. The STEM Day will also give students the chance to learn more about the fantastic opportunities available with University College Birmingham, with a representative on hand to share their expertise and support the judging panel to crown a winner of the Challenge.

Caroline Broadway, Director of Engagement at The Smallpeice Trust says:
“We are delighted to be working with University College Birmingham to inspire more young people to gain qualifications to go into a career in engineering. A key part of our work is talking to young people about next steps open to them, so it is great to be able to tell them about new courses on offer in their local area.”

“Our Speaker Challenge STEM Day will be hosted in a school, for up to 60 students. A STEM Day fuses practical learning with business and enterprise, helping students gain life leadership and engineering skills.”

Mike Coleman, Head of Engineering and Construction at University College Birmingham says:
“Engineering and manufacturing are essential to the function of modern society, with constant demand for qualified workers in these areas. Our STEM events organised in conjunction with The Smallpeice Trust, will enable year 11 pupils to gain a real insight to the key skills and knowledge required for future employment or higher education in this field.”

“Pupils will learn about these sectors and the core mathematics needed to work effectively within them, as well as an understanding of materials and their properties.”

Learn more about the new engineering courses on offer here: https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/college/engineering-and-construction/

If your school would like to apply for a Speaker Challenge STEM Day sponsored by University College Birmingham, please email stemday@smallpeicetrust.org.uk. Places will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

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