Government announces seven new university technical colleges

The Independent is reporting that a major expansion for the network of top-class university technical colleges for 14 to 18-year-olds has been given the go-ahead by ministers…

Seven new colleges, which will offer vocational education to teenagers in a bid to meet the demands of modern industry, are to be founded across the country, bringing the total to 57.

A further tranche is expected to be approved early in the New Year, which will bring the total to around 70 either approved or starting by the time of the election campaign.

The go-ahead for the seven is seen as a sign of the renewed commitment of the Coalition government to the project, which is the brainchild of former Conservative Education Secretary Kenneth [now Lord] Baker.

In the past, critics accused former Education Secretary Michael Gove of lacking enthusiasm for vocational education even though projects were approved…

Top industries are backing the scheme with Jaguar, Bentley, Unilever and Kodak amongst the business sponsors. Leading university Kings College London is also amongst the sponsors. All UTCS have one higher education sponsor as well as those from business…

The seven approved are: Bromley UTC, Crewe, Leeds, Scarborough, Sheffield Human science and Digital Technologies, South Durham, and WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Solihull….

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Your thoughts on this announcement and the impact UTCs are having? Are you involved with one and if so, what do you think they are offering that wouldn’t be available elsewhere? And does this news suggest Nicky Morgan is more of a fan than Michael Gove? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. waterside09

    SchoolsImprove what is the significance of the word university – is it the way to charge students £9k #con

  2. Janet2

    @waterside09 SchoolsImprove UTCs are just state schools for 14-19 year olds which are supposed to offer a “technical” education. They’ve grown quickly but one in Hackney is already closing. 

    http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/government_s_flagship_hackney_university_technical_college_to_close_just_two_years_after_launch_1_3677946

    Another vocational school (not labelled UTC) is also closing after a very short time:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-28052817

    Ofsted has inspected very few UTCs so it’s too soon to make a judgement but Central Bedfordshire UTC is Inadequate and Black Country UTC Requires Improvement.

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