Artist's impression of the Derby Manufacturing University Technical College.

Plans progress for Derby Manufacturing UTC

A planning application has been submitted to Derby City Council for the development of Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC).

Subject to planning permission, work will start later this year on the new £8 million purpose-built centre. The UTC will then open in September 2015 for the first intake of students in years 10 and 12.

Derby Manufacturing UTC is a partnership between Derby College, the University of Derby, Rolls-Royce Plc, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, Derby City Council and a wide range of supply chain employers working in local manufacturing and engineering.

The UTC will have capacity for up to 600 young people aged 14 to 19. They will study core GCSE's, A levels and engineering qualifications enhanced by project based learning, work placements, employer site visits and industry expert lectures.

It is one of 50 new UTCs being developed across the country that are being developed to fill the skills gap in industry by training young engineers who have the talent and skills that employers need now and in the future.

“The planning application is an important milestone in the development of Derby Manufacturing UTC. We hope that local people will take the opportunity to feedback their views and gain more information about this exciting new education opportunity in the city,” says Derby Manufacturing UTC project director Louise Curd.

“We have around 50 employers involved in the UTC at present and plan for this to increase to around 150. We are particularly keen to involve small and medium sized businesses from sectors such as the rail industry in the UTC who can utilise the creativity and problem solving skills of our students and to demonstrate to them just how beneficial it is to have young people involved in their operations. We are confident that this involvement will not only benefit the businesses involved but will also create job and apprenticeship opportunities for our students after they leave the college.”

The plans will be available at the first UTC open day on 28 June at the Rolls-Royce Learning Centre, when young people and their families can also try out some of the practical skills that will be on offer.

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