LJMU celebrates go-ahead of two UTCs
30 May 2012
Proposals for two new technical colleges, backed by LJMU, have been given the green light by the government.
The Liverpool Low Carbon & SuperPort UTC and the Birkenhead UTC, anticipated to open in the next two years, are two of 34 University Technical Colleges to have been approved across the UK.
University Technical Colleges are intended to offer 14 to 19-year-olds the opportunity to have a highly regarded yet technically-oriented education.
For the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) has been working with the Department for Education, universities and further education colleges and local employers to develop a national network of UTCs.
Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of BDT, added: "Companies up and down the country who need highly skilled technicians and engineers support UTCs which bind universities and industry into their establishment, governance and curriculum design. UTCs will help our economic growth. Almost 300 companies are supporting these 34 UTCs - an outstanding industrial commitment."
LJMU and Liverpool Community College are the lead partners for the Liverpool Low Carbon & SuperPort UTC which will provide a thorough grounding not just in the two specialisms but also in business and enterprise skills, supporting the creation of the conditions necessary to stimulate enterprise and economic growth across the Liverpool City Region.
The vision for the UTC has been developed as a unique response to the strategic landscape of the city and wider city region, providing a curriculum that has been developed in conjunction with employers both to meet the needs of the regeneration efforts underway and to tackle the skills gap.
LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, said: "We are confident that the University's involvement, alongside that of major employers, will assist in developing a UTC student experience of the highest quality situated in state of the art premises."
LJMU, Cammell Laird Ltd, Mersey Maritime Group, the University of Liverpool and Wirral Metropolitan College are the lead partners for the Birkenhead UTC. This will have a strong support base in industry, higher and further education, with all partners working together to develop challenging practical projects set in an industrial context, with excellent enrichment and progression opportunities.
The curriculum will be designed to prepare the students for employment or further/ higher education in engineering. Students will also be prepared for working in a global economy through the development of language and trading skills.