News - 21 August 2014

Work begins on Derby Manufacturing UTC

Work is due to start on the development of the campus for Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC) on Locomotive Way, Pride Park, following the granting of planning permission by Derby City Council.

Contractors BAM Construct UK will build the £8m centre which has been designed by Maber Architects. The UTC will then open in September 2015 for the first intake of students in years 10 and 12 – providing young people with the skills needed in engineering and manufacturing, including the rail industry.

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.

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

It is one of 50 new UTCs being developed across the country which 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.

Derby Manufacturing UTC principal designate Philip Morris said: “With planning permission agreed, we are looking forward to seeing the building develop.“We already have a number of young people who have submitted expressions of interest for joining Derby Manufacturing UTC next September and applications are now being taken and formalised for our first cohort of students in year 10 and year 12.”

Source: East Midlands Business Link

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