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29 May 2012, 14:40
Today the Government named Norfolk as a location for one of 15 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) to open across the country over the next two years.
The Norfolk UTC in Norwich will specialise in Advanced Engineering and Energy Skills, supported by the University of East Anglia and led by City College Norwich, as well as working in partnership with a range of local companies.
27 applications were received in January 2012 of which 15 were approved bringing the total number of UTCs to 34.
For the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) has been working with the Department for Education, local employers, universities and further education colleges to develop a national network of UTCs.
Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of BDT, said: “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."
Plans to develop more University Technical Colleges will be announced later this year.