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Businesses back plans for Medway technical college

Mon 13 February 2012, 3:01 pm

Businesses are backing plans to locate one of the UKs first University Technical Colleges in Medway.

Medway Council has submitted a proposal for a UTC, which would provide a mix of vocational and academic training, to the Department of Education.

Businesses pledging their support include property firm Land Securities and the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Medway Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, Les Wicks, said: “It’s great to see so many local businesses and leaders in the industries of engineering and construction pledging their support for a University Technical College in Medway.

“This college will mean we can offer young people who want to study more vocational courses, the opportunity to learn from industry experts on specialist courses designed to help them excel and fulfil their ambitions.”

Firms have also offered to help in the delivery and running of the college, including advising on the curriculum, providing projects, mentoring students and offering work experience placements.

BAE Systems, said that UTCs “provide businesses with the opportunity of assisting to shape and ensure the delivery of a technically rich and exciting curriculum that meets the needs of local employers in the specialisms of engineering and construction.”

Medway’s bid will be assessed by the DfE during the next few weeks.

If the plan gets the go ahead it would open in September 2013 and provide up to 600 places for students.

A number of sites in Medway are being considered for the new UTC including an unused block at Brompton Barracks.

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