University Technical College for Newhaven given go ahead by the Government

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A multi-million pound bid to set up a University Technical College (UTC) in Newhaven, specialising in marine and environmental engineering was given the green light from the government this week.

The new college will provide 600 students with technical courses and help revive the town, which has suffered from high unemployment.

The scheme includes a partnership with local and national employers to provide clear routes into jobs or further education.

Lewes District Council is hoping the college will open in 2015, attracting students from around Sussex.

The bid was submitted by the University of Brighton, Lewes District Council and educational charity, The Aldridge Foundation, in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services Plc.

The involvement of the University of Brighton and employers means that students will benefit from properly-assessed work placements and from a curriculum designed by experts in the field.

Schools and education providers such as Sussex Downs College and Tideway School in Newhaven have also strongly supported the bid.

District council leader James Page said: “Undoubtedly key developments in the town such as the E.ON wind farm will require a skilled workforce, as will the proposed indoor water park which aims to harness the energy it requires from the new Veolia Energy Recovery Facility.

“The UTC gives such employers the opportunity to develop their employees of the future before they even leave college.”

Newhaven MP Norman Baker added: “The UTC is going to provide excellent opportunities to young people in Newhaven and the wider Lewes constituency.

“Students at the UTC will get the opportunity to learn technical skills that will allow them to specialise in a growing industry and will really help with their job prospects after leaving the college.”