Work will start on University Technical College in Newhaven in September

The marine workshops in Newhaven
The marine workshops in Newhaven
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Construction on the new university technical college (UTC) in Newhaven will begin on Thursday September 28.

Plans were approved by Lewes District Council planning committee in July to convert and extend the Grade II listed marine workshop and carpenters workshops at Railway Quay, Newhaven.

The Aldridge Foundation which is running the school was also given the green light to demolish other buildings to create the state-of-the-art college.

There will also be a riverside boardwalk alongside the UTC.

This week the principal of the college Jon Clarke was meeting with parents and prospective students at Newhaven incinerator to tell them more about the college.

UTC principal Jon Clarke said: “This is the first of many events taking place across Sussex where parents and young people can meet me and the team behind the UTC to ask questions and find out more about our exciting new college.”

“We will be offering an outstanding academic and technical education for 14 to 18 year olds interested in science, engineering, technology and maths.

“Focusing on the specialist skills in demand by the growing marine engineering and environmental technology sectors, the involvement of employers will help our students develop entrepreneurial and employability skills which will make them stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.”

“I’m really looking forward to talking to students and parents about the great GCSE, A level and technical qualifications we’ll be offering in our inspiring setting, just two minutes from Newhaven Town railway station.”

Veolia’s Wonder Day event also featured guided tours of the controversial incinerator, as well as a chance to find out about the college.

Applications are now open for students from across Sussex interested in joining the UTC in years 10 and 12 in September 2015. More information can be found at www.utc-harbourside.org