Portsmouth’s technical college is a step closer to reality

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CITY leaders met with government officials to discuss a bid to launch a university technical college.

A bid has been submitted to create a UTC in the city.

Representatives from Portsmouth City Council, the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, the Saltern’s Academy Trust and BAE Systems faced questions from education officials regarding the bid.

If plans are successful young people aged between 14 and 19 would have the opportunity to study at a ‘hands-on’ technical college from 2016 alongside a traditional academic education.

It would specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and in advanced manufacturing.

Captain Andy Cree, the Royal Navy UTC project lead said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for Portsmouth and the surrounding region to link education of young people with the skills demands of employers.

‘The navy is delighted to be involved in helping to establish the UTC.

‘The team has worked hard to get this far and, if successful at the interview, we look forward to working in collaboration with all of the partners to make it successful.’

City of Portsmouth Boys’ School is the proposed site and it will operate separately to the school.

Chief executive at the city council David Williams said: ‘The UTC would give an added dimension to the educational offer of the city and region, squarely in line with our strategy to develop and support our excellent marine, maritime and advanced engineering employment strengths.

‘It will offer local young people the opportunity to access the latest research, working with industry experts in specialist facilities and it will tailor skills and training to the needs of local employers.

‘We have a strong case and our bid is backed by high-profile organisations.’

A decision is expected to be reached by January.