London South Bank University – The South Bank Academies Trust
London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London’s longest established universities, in 2018 celebrating 125 years. Established as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the original aim of LSBU was 'to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women', which remains remarkably similar today. Its continuous focus on vocational education and professional opportunity produces graduates who can meet the challenges of today's workplace.
“London South Bank University, with its extensive links with employers, is delighted to sponsor South Bank Engineering UTC. With purpose-designed laboratories and engineering workshops, this partnership offers outstanding learning opportunities for the young people of Lambeth and beyond, preparing them for tomorrow’s advanced technology world.” Professor Dave Phoenix OBE, Vice Chancellor London South Bank University
Established in January 2016, South Bank Academies Trust, led by Professor Rao Bhamidimarri, Vice Chancellor LSBU, runs two schools in South London, including South Bank Engineering UTC. Aspiring to be a leading provider of professional educational opportunities for young people in South London through innovative learning and teaching, a strong focus is creating pathways into higher education, apprenticeships and employment.
“South Bank Academies is privileged to lead this distinctive school, which offers high academic standards alongside employment-focussed technical education and professional development opportunities. Students at the UTC are automatic associate members of the University with access to LSBU’s high technology laboratories, sporting facilities and Library. We are proud partners of the UTC.” Professor Rao Bhamidimarri, Chief Executive, South Bank Academies Trust
Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction companies, with 57,000 employees worldwide. It actively seeks to make a positive contribution to society. By combining its skills and experience in construction and infrastructure development, Skanska has become a UK leader in delivering construction and engineering projects in healthcare, education, defence, transportation and municipal services, creating numerous apprenticeships and employment opportunities for young people. Skanska is actively involved with the UTC in a number of ways:
- Employer-led projects embedded within the engineering curriculum.
- Targeted apprenticeship advice, including dedicated ‘graduate days’.
- One to one CV workshops.
- ‘Takeover Day’ – Over 200 employees descend onto the UTC to run the school for the day!
“We are proud to sponsor South Bank UTC. It is so valuable to have strong links between the school and sponsor to ensure the curriculum aligns with live business issues to help better prepare students for working life. The Takeover day in particular was a truly rewarding experience for the whole Skanska team and is a great example of education and industry working together to close the skills gap.” Adam Crossley, Director of Environment - Skanska UK
King’s College NHS Foundation Trust
Over the last 170 years, King’s, based in Denmark Hill, has built its reputation as a world class hospital with roots that lie firmly in the heart of the South London community. Both a leading teaching hospital and a local hospital with a diverse inner city population, King’s cares for patients from diverse communities in London with world class specialties such as diabetes, liver and sickle cell, being largely driven by the health problems of the people in the surrounding communities.
From its origins of caring for the poor and needy in Lincoln’s Inn, and wounded soldiers from two world wars, the culture at the Trust has always been one of creativity and enterprise, and this is reflected in the people they choose to employ. They are actively involved with the UTC by running curriculum projects with our students, such as designing wheelchairs for children with respiratory illnesses and running a series of lectures for students based on a variety of topics from X-rays and scanning through to surgical procedures.
“King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proud to be an employer partner of Southbank UTC. This unique partnership enables us to educate local, young people about the wealth of careers available within our organisation, particularly in Healthcare Science and Engineering.” Jo Young, Quality, Contracts and Training manager of Mechanical Engineering & Physics - King’s College Hospital
Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
One of the largest hospital trusts in the country with approximately 13,650 staff and an annual turnover of more than £1.3 billion, the trust has a long and proud history, dating back almost 900 years. At the forefront of medical progress and innovation, the Trust continues to live up to these pioneering traditions through their commitment to clinical excellence and world leading research.
The organisation also offers hospital infrastructure and services including engineering for hospital buildings and medical equipment through their subsidiary company Essentia who, as a partner offers exciting career progression opportunities including higher apprenticeships. The trust runs a number of curriculum projects with the UTC, most notably a project involving the design of a children’s ward for Great Ormond Street.
Aside from our core sponsors and partners, we are proud to work closely with a wide range of organisations. Students benefit from these links in a number of ways from employer-led projects, masterclasses and internships to work experience and apprenticeships. Some of these partners include Fujitsu, Cisco, The Bamboo Bicycle Club, Squire and Partners, Brixton BID and The Connection Crew.
"The relationship between Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust and South Bank UTC is key to developing a talent pool of future engineers, maintenance personal, and IT specialists from our local communities to secure resources to run our hospitals. The school is meeting employers’ requirements by offering business ready courses that businesses are finding challenging to recruit. Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust offers opportunities to undertake realistic work projects within the hospitals to students to develop the relationship so students see us a prospective future employer." Suzanne Williams, Head of Academy and Talent for Essentia - Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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“I came to the UTC because I was looking for a different style of teaching, a more business-like environment. I want to go into civil engineering so this was definitely the right option for me, as the contacts with partners such as Skanska are invaluable.”
Year 13 student