Navy welcomes college that will ‘benefit country’

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THE First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy says he is delighted that Portsmouth has won its bid for the university technical college.

Admiral Sir George Zambellas said the college will benefit not just the city but also the country.

He said: ‘Portsmouth is a national hub for defence industry and other key engineering companies so I am delighted that today’s technology-fuelled Royal Navy is involved in UTC Portsmouth. We look forward to working with our partners to establish this unique and exciting opportunity for young people.

‘The talented students produced by this college will benefit not just the region, but also our country, as they contribute to national growth in the engineering sector.’

Chief executive of Portsmouth City Council David Williams agreed. He said: ‘The UTC will provide Portsmouth with a tremendous educational asset and a sub-regional centre for maritime, marine and advanced engineering training.

‘Most importantly, it will give our young people the opportunity to develop their skills, aptitudes and readiness for work.’