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New University Technical Colleges announced

October 11, 2011

Yesterday (10th October), 13 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) were approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to enter the pre-opening stage. The DfE has announced that the UTCs are “spread acrossEngland and specialise in demanding technical subjects including engineering, advanced manufacturing, science and health technologies. More than 130 national and local employers have been involved in developing these successful projects. Working in partnership with universities and employers, these UTCs will provide a new generation of school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands.” 

Three further UTC projects are already in the pre-opening phase – Hackney and Aston UTCs are planned to open in September 2012, and Greenwich UTC is due to open in September 2013. 

Colleges are involved in some of these new UTCs: Central Bedfordshire has told us that one will be based at their current Houghton Regis Campus specialising in Product Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The centre will benefit from around £6 million pounds worth of investment and will cater for up to 600 young people in the area. 

Ali Hadawi, CBE, Principal of Central Bedfordshire College, commented: “I am absolutely delighted that young people in this area will be able to develop design skills that utilise the best techniques in the world.  The UTC will prepare young people for Higher Education and for employment through this unique way of learning.”

 James Crabbe, Dean of Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science at the University of Bedfordshire and Central Bedfordshire College Chair of Governors, added: “I am really excited that the College has been awarded this accolade. A University Technical College will offer key vocational and other skills to a new cohort of students inCentral Bedfordshire.  It will address an important issue in tertiary education that has been lacking for decades.  This constitutes a breakthrough in collaborative education that builds on the major strides in quality that have been made by Central Bedfordshire College.”

Link to DfE webpage which includes a full list of the UTCs just confirmed: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/technical/a00198983/utcs-opening

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