'By 2020, the UK will require an extra 1.28million new science, technology and engineering professionals.'
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded academies that provide 14-19 year olds with an education focused on technical skills.
Focusing on one or two technical specialisms, in addition to core subjects such as english, maths and science, the curriculum is developed with the help of a sponsoring university and employers, reflecting regional employment needs and opportunities.
UTCs address the vital need for the UK to train more technicians and engineers to deal with a looming severe shortage, as many engineers reach retirement age. Their aim is to close the country's gaps in technical and engineering skills.