Bucks UTC works closely with our charity partner, Buckinghamshire Disability Service, and many other local causes. We aim to get our students involved in as many community projects as possible, allowing them to put the skills they learn at Bucks UTC into practice in a real-world situation. This creates a win-win situation, where our students are able to gain some great experience, whilst our partners gain a valuable asset in achieving their goals. See below for an example of how we engage with and help the community.
Mix 96 Easter Egg Appeal
Bucks UTC signed up as a drop-off point for the 2016 Mix 96 Easter Egg Appeal. This meant that students and members of the public could come to Bucks UTC and donate easter eggs which would go to Mix 96's charity partners. The Easter Egg Appeal collected over 1,600 easter eggs this year, a record breaking total. A big congratulations must go to our students who donated a large portion of the eggs we collected themselves. Some of the charities supported by the Easter Egg Appeal include Barnardos, Aylesbury Women's Aid and the Pepper Foundation.
New kitchen for Amersham Memorial Gardens
Year 10 and 12 Construction students were involved in building a new kitchen at Amersham Memorial Gardens, as part of their 'hands-on' project work. Aylesbury Town commissioned the work and purchased the materials needed. It was down to Bucks UTC students to plan the project, from initial surveys, risk assessments, materials and tools required to fitting. The students also planned the layout of the kitchen, having installed it first in our construction area before installing in the gardens. Nick Han, Head of Construction at Bucks UTC, said: ‘We were delighted with the students’ very mature approach to this project. They were able to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired as part of their training with us, and apply these to a real life project. They also had to work around the demands of their other commitments, such as assignments, assessments and lessons, and even worked through their half term break. ’Mark Richardson, Contracts Manager, Amersham Town Council, added: ‘We have been very pleased with the work and how the students conducted themselves in the public eye, and thank them on behalf of the Council. We look forward to a long working relationship with the UTC.’
Amersham's field of Remembrance
In August 2014, in a project commissioned by Amersham Town Council, 320 wooden crosses were unveiled in Amersham as a memorial to the millions of people who dies in the First World War. The crosses were made by construction and computing students at Bucks UTC. More than 2,700ft of wood was used to make the crosses, each of which represented the death of 50,000 deaths, and each had a symbolic poppy at its centre. Bucks UTC carried out the work as part of our employer project programme. Steve Catanach, Community Officer at Amersham Town Council, said “We are so grateful to Buckinghamshire UTC for making and painting crosses for our Field of Remembrance. Thanks to their efforts we have a fitting tribute to all those that lost their lives in the WW1.”