Plans to create UTC under way in the city

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WORK is under way to create a university technical college in Portsmouth.

Tory planning boss Cllr Luke Stubbs has given authority to council officials to either sell or lease the premises of Hilsea Youth Club to the college’s future operator.

The £6m college, to be based on the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School site, will be open to 14 to 19-year-old students from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas up to Winchester.

The overall bid was led by the University of Portsmouth with additional support from the Royal Navy and the Salterns Academy Trust.

Portsmouth’s Lib Dem planning spokesman, Cllr Ben Dowling, said: ‘This is very positive and something we started when we were in charge of the council.

‘It’s about meeting young people with the skills they need, to then have the jobs that will be available in the future here in Portsmouth.’

The college is expected to provide the city and region with a steady number of young people with skills sought by employers.