Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

An Education Making a World of Difference; A Combination of Academic Results, Practical Pathways, State-of-the-Art Facilities and Experiential Learning Prepare Mulberry University Technical College Students for Success, Writes Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

An Education Making a World of Difference; A Combination of Academic Results, Practical Pathways, State-of-the-Art Facilities and Experiential Learning Prepare Mulberry University Technical College Students for Success, Writes Niki Chesworth

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EDUCATION choices at aged 14 and 16 are critically important. However, it is not just the subjects your son and daughter chooses that will determine their future.

The type of education they benefit from can also make a huge difference.

University Technical Colleges, like Mulberry UTC, are a relatively new alternative to traditional schools -- and they have a unique edge.

For a start, UTCs, which focus on those key years from 14 to 19, are careerfocused specialists with Mulberry UTC, which is located in Bow, E3, specialising in health and creative careers.

This means they offer expert teaching and the sort of impressive facilities that you might expect to find in universities rather than schools. Those aspiring to work in healthcare, for example, benefit from learning in Mulberry UTC's replica hospital suite and have the opportunity to work with equipment they will use in their future careers.

UTCs also offer a mix of academic and technical pathways. As a result, students gain practical, hands-on experience while they learn -- equipping them with skills employers want as well as the academic results for university.

However, what really sets UTCs apart is the experiential learning. UTCs work closely with key employers so students benefit from on-the-job work placements and learning experiences you will not find anywhere else.

HEALTH/CREATIVE CAREERS Mulberry UTC is supported by industry partners which include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the British Film Institute (BFI), Goldsmiths University of London, Mulberry School for Girls, the National Theatre and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Student Tanzina, studying Health and Social Care, sums up why these links with employers are so important, saying: "Once a week I head over to the Royal London Hospital to work alongside NHS professionals in the renal department. My training from Barts Health and the London Hospital has taught me how to deal with different individuals with different needs."

Aspiring midwife Maryam, another Mulberry UTC student, adds that these work placements can help when securing a place at university as the experience enables you to show your "passion" for your future profession when you attend interviews.

"I was able to shadow a community midwife, attending a home visit and observing the way postnatal advice is provided," she says.

FAST-GROWING SECTOR The UK's creative industries are growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy. With many digital and media businesses based in east London, Mulberry UTC is ideally located to find work placements for its students. …

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