The government adds 15 more University Technical Colleges
29 May 2012
The government has approved a further 15 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) to open across the country over the next two years, bringing the total number of UTCs to 34. For the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) 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. I am delighted that it has all party support and so many people right across the country want to open UTCs.
Almost 300 companies are supporting the current 34 UTCs, including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Cammell Laird and Siemens.
Dr Colin Brown, director of engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers responded to the announcement, saying: "Opening these new colleges with a technical and engineering focus is to be welcomed as a boost to skills and local economies. The links to industry will help to ensure that we have the right skills in the right places. In the Institution's recent poll of 1,000 manufacturers 76% said that their companies are recruiting, but only 47% of these are finding people with the right skills. Initiatives like these will hopefully help plug these gaps and train the engineers and technicians of tomorrow. The great missed opportunity is that the colleges are set up to teach the engineering diploma which this Government has now downgraded."
The new UTCs are as follows:
Birkenhead UTC (Merseyside) Engineering; Bluewater UTC (Dartford/Thameside) Engineering, Integrated Computer Science; Cambridge UTC Bio-medical Science & Technology, 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 and Digital Technologies, 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, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship; WMG Academy for Young Engineers (at the University of Warwick) Engineering with Digital Technology; West Midlands Construction UTC (Walsall) Construction & the application of IT in the Built Environment
For more information about UTCs, click here.