Business backs technical college in Newhaven

The marine workshops at Newhaven will form part of the UTC.
The marine workshops at Newhaven will form part of the UTC.

The amount of practical support offered by business to the University Technical College in Newhaven has delighted the project’s coordinators.

During the public consultation businesses pledged to offer students jobs, work experience and give talks at the college.

It also revealed huge public support for the scheme from teachers and students, with 85 per cent of people saying it was a good or really good idea.

Chief executive of the Aldridge Foundation, Honor Wilson-Fletcher said: “From the very beginning people have been generous in their support for our vision, and with their time.

“As well as the very positive feedback from parents, students, teachers and community leaders we were really encouraged to see that there was so much interest in giving practical support to the UTC.

“At what is still an early stage of the college’s development, to have over 130 people offer their commitment in a number of areas, from mentoring a student to providing work experience and even offering jobs to young people who have studied at the UTC, is amazing.

“So as sponsors we were really delighted with the results of the consultation.”

Young people aged 14-19 will be able to study maths, English and sciences while gaining skills in engineering in a curriculum shaped by major employers.

The college is sponsored by the University of Brighton, Lewes District Council, educational charity the Aldridge Foundation and Veolia Environmental Services Plc.

It will focus on the skills in demand by the growing marine engineering and environmental technology sectors in the region.

In fact a marine and clean technology hub will be set up in Newhaven thanks to a Government grant to extend Newhaven Enterprise Centre.

Leader of Lewes District Council, Rob Blackman said: “It is great to see such local enthusiasm for the University Technical College. 

“It sits at the heart of our vision for Newhaven and will equip our young people to take up the opportunities to come as the town develops into a hub for marine and environmental industries through the recently announced City Deal, the Rampion wind farm base and other initiatives.”

The UTC will be based at the Grade II listed Marine workshops at Railway Quay, two minutes from Newhaven Town railway station.

Students will be able to enter in years 10 and 12 and will study for GCSEs and A Levels alongside technical qualifications such as BTECs, NVQs and the Technical Baccalaureate.