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Thursday 26 September 2013

Time is running out for UTC ‘sign up’


Time is running out for prospective students to express an interest to study at Crewe’s prestigious University Technical College when it opens its doors in 2015. More than a hundred young people have so far ‘signed up’ and the Council is hoping to attract many more.

The UTC will cater for 14-19 year olds who want to pursue careers in engineering and high skill manufacturing, working with major local employers to develop gold-standard vocational qualifications.  The funding application will be submitted on October 4, 2013 to the Department for Education, so local youngsters are urged to express an interest before then.

Major local employers have offered their support, such as Bentley, Siemens, Network Rail, Oliver Valves, the Council and OSL Rail – the fastest growing rail engineering company in Europe, ensuring that students receive world-class skills in fields like electronics, engineering and construction, computer-aided design and modelling.

The £10 million UTC will, pending DfE approval, be built on the site of the old Victoria School building on Meredith Street and will eventually cater for 600 students.

Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor David Brown said: “The UTC concept is proving popular and now is the time for any young person looking to become an engineer or to work in high-skill manufacturing to get in touch and express an interest in studying there. When you sign up it’s not binding, but it allows us to get in touch with people when enrolment begins next year as we expect demand for places to be high.

“The UTC has a huge amount of support from major local employers offering a bridge between school and work for hundreds of young people locally.

“It will enable employers to grow their own workforces and provide sustainable, high skill jobs for many years, ensuring Crewe develops into the engineering centre of the north west.”

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