News - 07 February 2014

University Technical College Starts Hunt for Principal

Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC) has started recruitment for a Principal Designate and Chief Executive Officer ahead of the planned opening in September 2015. 

The post is being advertised nationally with a closing date of February 28 and it is envisaged that the successful applicant will be in place by the end of the year. 

The 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. It is one of 44 new UTCs being developed across the country. 

The UTC is set to open in September 2015 in a purpose-built centre in Pride Park with capacity for up to 600 young people aged 14 to 19. They will study core GCSE’s and engineering qualifications enhanced by project based learning, work placements, employer site visits and guru lectures to develop their employability and enter the local job market successfully. 

Graham Schumacher, Head of Development Services at Rolls-Royce plc and chair of the UTC Boad of Trustees, explained: “Considering Derby’s pedigree as the UK’s most high tech city with a growing international reputation for advanced manufacturing, I am sure that we will attract a high calibre field of applicants for this role including those from the education and manufacturing sectors. 

“We are looking for someone with exceptional leadership qualities who have the vision to turn the vision for the new UTC into a reality. Their first challenge will be to oversee the development of a purpose-built UTC facility, build their own team and recruit the first 180 students ready for September 2015 opening. 

“High-tech companies rely on a strong pipeline of people with science and engineering qualifications and the UTC will give more people the opportunity to develop the foundations required to succeed in science and engineering and be of benefit to the wider supply chain across the region.”

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