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Community vote in favour of new University Technical College

Plans for a new University Technical College (UTC) based in Newhaven have received the thumbs up from the local community and teachers in a public consultation conducted before Christmas and being published this week.

The proposed college will give young people aged 14 – 19 the chance study subjects such as Maths, English and Sciences while gaining skills in engineering in a curriculum shaped by major employers.

A public consultation was launched in November across the catchment area of Worthing, Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Haywards Heath. Parents, students, school and college teachers, and community group leaders were asked for their views on the proposal to open in September 2015.

It is great to see such local enthusiasm for the University Technical College. It sits at the heart of our vision for Newhaven and will equip our young people to take up the opportunities to come as the town develops into a hub for marine and environmental industries through the recently announced City Deal, the Rampion wind farm base and other initiatives.”

– Councillor Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council

Duke of York opens Bucks technical college

In an exclusive interview with ITV Meridian - His Royal Highness the Duke of York has given his backing to a new style of further education - pioneered in the Thames Valley.

University Technical Colleges allow students to leave school at 14 years old and start their chosen career path with training and the qualifications they need.

Penny Silvester reports.

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Duke of York at opening of Buckinghamshire UTC

The Duke of York has been at the opening of Buckinghamshire University Technical College this morning.

The UTC is one of several being launched, to prepare young people for work through strong links with the industry.

Partners and students were also there to celebrate the opening.

The Duke of York giving a speech at the new University Technical College in Buckinghamshire Credit: ITV Meridian
The Duke with a student, showing him bricklaying skills Credit: ITV Meridian
Students sit with the Duke of York at opening on new UTC Credit: ITV Meridian