PARENTS and students across the area are being invited to share their views about the potential opening of a university technical college.
The University of Portsmouth is working with organisations including Portsmouth City Council, Admiral Lord Nelson School, the Royal Navy and other employers.
University technical colleges (UTCs) are government funded schools that offer 14 to 19-year-olds the opportunity to specialise in technical education alongside general education.
A UTC in the city could provide qualified and educated young people to fill engineering positions at school leaver and graduate level across the city.
Rebecca Bunting is the deputy vice-chancellor at the university and said: ‘UTCs are a relatively new concept.
‘They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.
‘They promote a more integrated approach to practical and academic learning and a distinguishing feature is the involvement of employers in the delivery of the curriculum, especially through mentoring, work placements, support for teachers and project opportunities for pupils.
‘UTCs develop the skills and attributes that employers are looking for and prepare pupils for their futures, which may be in work, apprenticeships, further education or higher education.’
The UTC Portsmouth would specialise in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing.
In order to create a successful bid for the project, the university is seeking data from parents and their children.
Parents with children aged between 10 and 14 are invited to fill out the survey. Students are also being asked for views.
There are 30 UTCs open across England.
The outcome of the bid to set up UTC Portsmouth will be known in January with an opening date of September 2016. Visit port.ac.uk to fill out the survey.