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25.10.13

New technical college to meet engineering demand

A new technical college will help to train the next generation of engineers needed across the rail and construction industries.

The University Technical College (UTC), based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will offer 14-18 year olds vocational qualifications to meet future demand. It is sponsored by the council, the University of Greenwich, TfL and the Wates Group – which helped to develop the curriculum and provided experts to train and mentor students.

TfL has donated a former Circle line tube carriage for hands-on experience for the students.

HRH The Duke of York, KG, who opened the UTC, said: “University Technical Colleges combine a first-class education with a first-class technical background, enabling young people to go into the work place with the mix of skills that employers are seeking in the twenty-first century.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Royal Greenwich UTC is nurturing the next generation of home-grown talent who will build our railways, design our houses and mastermind our transport and regeneration projects; I wish them every success.”

Cllr Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “With increasing levels of regeneration taking place in the borough, and the growing need for a highly-skilled workforce, it’s vitally important that the curriculum adapts to equip our young people to take their place in the modern world of work.

“This is something that our schools and colleges recognise, and we work closely with them to ensure that there is a good mix of specialisms and innovation available in the borough.”

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