Three new University Technical Colleges have been announced in our region. They will be run alongside Harlow College, Cambridgeshire Regional College and Norwich City College. This is in addition to two that were already announced: Central Bedfordshire UTC and Silverstone UTC. The UTC in Bedfordshire will open this year, while Silverstone, Norwich and Cambridge open next year, and Harlow follows suit in 2014.
The three in our region are amongst fifteen new UTCs announced today by the Government, all of which should be open within two years. Each of the colleges will take about 600 students and are an additional institution in each of the broad catchments areas in which they are created. Pupils can elect to study at the UTCs at either 14 or 16.
The new state-funded colleges are all linked to institutions including universities and businesses and will join a network of 17 UTCs due to open this September or next.