Green light for 15 technical colleges – full list

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

The Government today approved a further wave of 15 University Technical Colleges to open across the country over the next two years.

The extra colleges, including a construction college in the West Midlands, will bring the total number of UTCs in the country to 34.

All the new colleges are expected to be procured through the academies framework creating a much-needed pipeline of work.

Last week Wates won the £8.5m contract to build one of the first UTCs in Sheffield. Building work is expected to begin this September, subject to planning permission and final business case approval.

Almost 300 firms up and down the country, including Mace, Lend Lease, Taylor Wimpey and Wates are supporting the new technical colleges.

The new West Midlands Construction UTC is sponsored by CITB–ConstructionSkills, Walsall College and the University of Wolverhampton.

With the active support from Wilmott Dixon, Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Hewden Stewart and Barhale Construction, the college will offer a curriculum based upon construction and the built environment as well as the use of information technology, sustainability and green technologies.”

For the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has been working with the Department for Education, local employers, universities and further education colleges to develop a national network of UTCs.

Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of BDT, said: “The Coalition Government continues to show its commitment to these new colleges for 14-19 year olds by expanding the national network.

The UTC movement is backed by major players from British industry, with employers across all regions pledging their support.

Fourteen UTCs are aiming for opening dates in 2013 and 2014. These will be  in: Aylesbury; Bristol; Burnley; Daventry; Greenwich; Liverpool; Newcastle; Nottingham; Plymouth; Reading; Sheffield; Silverstone; Southwark; and Wigan.

Latest University Technical Colleges

College Discipline
Birkenhead UTC (Merseyside) Engineering
Bluewater UTC (Dartford/Thameside) Engineering; Integrated Computer Science
Cambridge UTC Bio-medical Science; Environmental Science & Technology
East London UTC (Thames Gateway) Mechanical (manufacturing) engineering; Product Design and Development
Energy Coast UTC (Cumbria) Energy
The Elstree UTC (Hertfordshire) Electronic Engineering; Entertainment Technologies and Crafts
Harlow UTC Environmental Engineering; Medical Technology
Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC (Hillingdon/Northolt) Aviation Engineering
Lincoln UTC Core Science; Engineering
Liverpool Low Carbon and SuperPort UTC Engineering; Logistics
MediaCityUK UTC (Salford) Creative and Digital Industries; Entrepreneurship
Norfolk UTC (Norwich) Advanced Engineering, Energy Skills
Swindon UTC Engineering with Business
WMG Academy for Young Engineers (at the University of Warwick) Engineering with Digital Technology
West Midlands Construction UTC (Walsall) Construction &  IT in the Built Environment

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