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Students to get a boost
IN ALMOST exactly one year, the new University Technical College will be opening its doors to students from all over the region.
The college is to be built off Bristol Street and is the final stage of the planning process.
Government funds have been secured and builders are expected to move in during the coming weeks.
The plans incorporate the western extent of land owned by Network Rail and involve the conversion of the old Great Western school building, the Mill Building and the fire station yard.
The historic water tower will remain as part of the college.
“This is all positive and so as far as I am aware there are no problems, so work can begin next month.”
The UTC is due to open in September 2014 and will take on an initial 300 pupils, aged between 14 and 19. The number will rise to 600 the following year.
It will be a Government-funded institution and is being developed by Oxford Brookes University, which will work closely with local employers, such as Honda, to provide an education which will focus on engineering.
It will be among the first institutions of its type in the country.“I believe this is one of the most exciting projects to take place in Swindon for many years,” David Renard said.
“Not only is it providing a new range of opportunities for the young people but it is working with local employers to ensure that pupils are ready to get a job when they leave.
“The employers will be helping to put together the curriculum and the UTC will see further involvement by Oxford Brookes University in the town.
“On top of that it’s great to see the regeneration taking place on a site which was always historically a place of education.”
Representatives from the college are going out and about in Swindon and the surrounding area to promote the college.
They are currently holding a number of roadshows to inform prospective pupils and parents about how it will operate.
The next event will take place at Zycko, in South Cerney, on September 12 at 6.15pm.
There will also be a stand at the Swindon Mela on September 14.
Due to the nature of the funding they are looking for pupils from a wide area.
Applications will be accepted from Swindon, North Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and West Berkshire.
Anyone who is interested in applying for a place at UTC Swindon can email info@utc swindon.co.uk or download an application form from www.utcswindon.co.uk.
For more information call 07990 601 516.
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