Focus on the JCB Academy

The JCB Academy was the first University Technical College (UTC) to take GCSE exams. Of the 111 students at the £22m Rocester technical school who received their results this year, 99% achieved A* to C grades in Principal Learning in Engineering – the equivalent of four GCSEs.

The Academy’s sponsor, digger manufacturer JCB, also recently announced plans to hire apprentices directly from the Academy for the first time. TM’s Will Stirling visited the JCB Academy to find out what makes the UTC model so important for the future of manufacturing and engineering.