Working with Industry – Employer Led Projects

At UTC Oxfordshire, Employer Led Projects (ELPs) are an integral and unique part of our core curriculum, providing the opportunity for students to work at solving real world problems set by science and engineering business partners.  ELPs run alongside, and enhance, our technical and academic curriculum. These group tasks develop key employability skills such as communication, creativity, problem solving, leadership, resilience, time management and presentation.

Each ELP runs for about 6 weeks and is part of every students’ weekly timetable.

Week 1: Employer launch

Week 2 – 5: Solving the problem in small groups often with support from final year apprentices within the organisations

Week 6: Presentations to panel of senior staff from the employer partner

Winners receive a variety of rewards ranging from Amazon vouchers to VIP days with the employer.

Past students have said that these projects not only helped develop their transferable skills, but helped them really understand what employers are looking for in their workforce.

“Employer led projects are a win-win for everyone involved. Students benefit because they learn how to improve their employability. Companies benefit because the young people they may ultimately take on have the required skills to help drive future success. I think the partnership between the UTC and MINI Plant Oxford – organisations which are motivated by a passion for engineering and technical excellence – is a great example of what can be achieved in this regard – Steve Houseman, Mini

Previous Employer Led Projects

Mini BMW – winners spent a VIP day at Mini Plant Oxford

Oxford Brookes – Microbiology – winners were given the opportunity to present findings at the Microbiology Society annual conference

Air Products – Vouchers

CCFE – Vex robots – Vouchers

CCFE – Nuclear Fusion – Vouchers

Network Rail – VIP Day