The Government has given the go-ahead for fifteen new University Technical Colleges. The state-funded colleges will be linked to businesses and specialize in a local industry or trade.
Firms already signed up include Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Atlantic.
A University Technical College near Heathrow airport will center on aviation engineering. Elstree University Technical College inHertfordshire will train 600 pupils in two specialism’s - entertainmenttechnologies and crafts, and electronic engineering and digital technology.
Other sites include Bluewater, Barking and Dagenham and Harlow.
– Schools Minister, Lord Hill
I am verypleased to be announcing another wave of strong UTC proposals. Right around thecountry there is a lot of enthusiasm from employers, universities, pupils andparents for high quality rigorous technical education.
"Theyprovide more choice for children as well as helping provide the kind of highlyskilled technicians our economy needs.
"Theresponse from employers to UTCs speaks for itself."