Council carries out survey about plan to create University Technical College in Newhaven

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A SURVEY is being carried out to gather people’s views about setting up a University Technical College (UTC) in Newhaven.

Lewes District Council is appealing for residents to have their say up until Friday November 9 by completing the survey at http://www.cleantech-utc.org/

The proposal has the backing of the education charity The Aldridge Foundation, as well as Brighton University and the district council.

The Aldridge Foundation runs Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, which replaced Portslade Community College, opening in 2011 and Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, which replaced Falmer High School, opening in 2010.

District council leader cllr James Page said: “There is a compelling case for a UTC in Newhaven, a place that has a long history of marine engineering and manufacturing and yet a significant number of young people not in education, employment or training.

“This school would help our young people to maximise the opportunities arising from the obvious growth in the marine and renewable energy industries locally. “Many locally-based businesses support the bid and recognise the value of skilled, young people available to work in the area.

“As the key beneficiaries of a highly-skilled workforce, we are keen for employers to provide the necessary input to ensure that learners are ready for the world of work.”

The UTC will equip young people with marine and environmental engineering skills to meet the needs of local employers.

These new government-funded colleges are for 14-19-year-olds and bring together the expertise of local business, further education colleges, vocational education experts and universities.

It is expected that students will travel from as far afield as Eastbourne, Shoreham and Haywards Heath.

As well as studying engineering based subjects, students would take GCSEs in core subjects English, maths, science and IT.

They would take part in sports and learn how to develop work-based skills and be ready for the world of work.

Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “A new college in Newhaven would provide a world-class facility to develop home-grown talent.

“It will benefit from the university’s expertise in environmental engineering and nurture the next generation of engineers.”

The chair of governors at Tideway School in Newhaven, Roger Dennien, said: “The Governors of Tideway fully support the creation of a UTC in Newhaven as they believe that it will enhance the educational and employment opportunities for young people in the town and the wider community. They have asked the head teacher to work with the planning team to secure a high level of co-operation between the two institutions.”

“The governors of Tideway fully support the creation of a UTC”