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Plans for Wirral university engineering college revealed
10:14am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
PLANS for a Wirral university technical college specializing in engineering have been backed by the Confederation of British Industry.
The business organisation's North West director Damian Waters pledged his support during a visit to Birkenhead-based trade body Mersey Maritime.
UTCs offer 14-19 year olds the opportunity to have a highly regarded full time, technically-oriented course of study.
They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and industry and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.
The Birkenhead UTC is due to open in September next year. It is led by steering group chairman John Syvret, chief executive of Cammell Laird.
The firm is one of five sponsoring organizations, which include University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime Group and Wirral Metropolitan College. The UTC has received strong support from Birkenhead MP Frank Field, Wirral Council and from industry.
Mersey Maritime's chief executive Jim Teasdale is a senior member of the Birkenhead UTC steering group.
He said: "Birkenhead Engineering UTC will be at the very forefront of industry and it is important we connect with organisations such as the CBI to help get our message out.
"We should emphasise that the UTC will specialise in educating young people in disciplines across the full engineering spectrum, providing new talent for all industries requiring engineers.
"When you look at the businesses supporting the UTC you can see what an incredible learning experience it will offer.
"Critically, we intend to create road maps into employment. That has to be our overriding aim."
During his visit to Birkenhead, Damian Waters said: "The outlook and ethos of Birkenhead Engineering UTC is absolutely right.
"It is giving young people the skills industry wants, because businesses are helping to drive it.
"Moreover the young people are honing their skills in the work place doing the job for real. That is one of the most effective ways to learn.
"The CBI is also pleased to see both Liverpool and John Moores Universities support Birkenhead Engineering UTC, sharing their formidable experience, skills and facilities."