Teenagers with an interest in engineering, science and tech will be able to test their robot programming skills and try out virtual welding when UTC Leeds opens its doors to potential new students in January.
The school, which opened in September and focuses on high-tech engineering and advanced manufacturing, is holding two open evening for future students and their families.
Young people will be able to test some of the high-tech equipment used in lessons and projects at the £11m school.
UTC Leeds is unique because it partners with the University of Leeds and more than 60 employers across the region. Employer partners and the University have helped develop the curriculum to ensure young people are excellently prepared for entry to employment or university.
A dozen employers including Agfa Graphics, Siemens, Unilever and Sound Leisure will be on hand during the events on January 12 and 19. Students who started at UTC Leeds in September will give guided tours and explain how they’ve worked on live projects at partner companies during their first term.
Mark Kennedy, principal at the school which is sited within a rebuilt wing of the Braime Pressings factory on Hunslet Road, said the open evenings offered the opportunity for interested students to come and find out more.
“The UTC is Leeds’ newest school and offers a first-class educational experience through a range of academic and vocational qualifications in both new and core subjects.
“Attending the UTC gives young people the opportunity to build exciting and rewarding careers in engineering and industry. Leeds has a proud history of manufacturing and engineering and the UTC is helping future generations to gain and develop the skills they need to succeed in industry.
The UTC is situated close to Leeds City College Printworks campus, Leeds College of Building and the new Ruth Gorse Academy and is for pupils aged 14-18. The open evenings which run from 6pm to 7.30pm are for students entering Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2017.
For more information about UTC Leeds visit www.utcleeds.com and download a prospectus.