Technical school in Gosport under discussion

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GOSPORT could be in line for a new technical school as part of a major plan to expand post-16 education.

Cllr Roy Perry, Hampshire’s executive member for children’s services, has approved a project group made up of representatives from local colleges, schools and training providers to negotiate a ‘way forward’ for post-16 education in the area.

The consultation, which also involves the Royal Navy, includes the creation of a University Technical College for 14 to 19-year-olds focusing on practical and technical qualifications recognised by businesses.

Cllr Perry said: ‘Since April we have had a responsibility to ensure there is sustainable and robust post-16 education and training which meets the needs of all young people and provides them with a variety of training and learning opportunities.’

Key principles behind the development of future post-16 education in Gosport are that it is worked out collaboratively, provides a basis for expanding high quality technical and vocational education like apprenticeships, and addresses future technical skills requirements of Gosport businesses and the wider south Hampshire economy.

Cllr Perry added: ‘I look forward to considering the project group’s proposals later this year. This represents an exciting opportunity for local partners, young people and the wider local community to directly shape the future pattern of post-16 education.’