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UTC aims to create an army of workers for the town
5:50pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
SWINDON jobs for Swindon people is the central aspiration behind the new £10 million university college which aims to create an army of workers for the town’s economy.
The headteacher at Swindon’s University Teaching College, Angela Barker-Dench, said she had landed her dream job and was very excited about the first students arriving at the school, which will be located near the town’s historic former railway works.
Students aged between 14 and 19 will be able to attend the institution once it is up and running, but for next year only 150 Year 10 students and 150 Year 12 students are being taken in.
Mrs Barker-Dench said the majority of places at UTC for 2014 had already been snapped up.
Days would start at 8.30am and end at 5.30pm as Mrs Barker-Dench said the UTC would be run more like a workplace than a college, with students not expected to do homework either.
“I want to assure parents that we will be teaching the national curriculum as well as enhanced vocational qualifications,” she said.
“We want to get our young people ready for the workplace or university. There are a lot of opportunities.”
The institution will specialise in engineering, business, enterprise and entrepreneurship.
“The opportunities are absolutely in place. I’m hoping to produce the best entrepreneurs and engineers for Swindon,” said Mrs Barker-Dench.
Last week Swindon Council agreed to provide £500,000 for a scheme being led by Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, an international hi-tech firm that has its headquarters at Lydiard Fields, the main business sponsor, and Oxford Brookes University as the university sponsor.
Local engineers are expected to take a hands-on approach at the training college, with students encouraged to attend regular work experience at a range of engineering companies..
“I’m really excited to be here,” said Mrs Barker-Dench, an engineer.
“We are entering into a really exciting time with UTC. For me this is my dream job, to lead young people into employment.”
Open evenings are being held on Monday at St Andrew’s Methodist Church hall, Lyneham between 6.15pm and 7.45pm and on Thursday at Arval, Windmill Hill between 6.15pm and 7.45pm.
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