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.
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
2017/18 Employer Led Projects