State of the art University Technical College to create workforce of the future for London’s 130,000 new jobs
12 July 2016
From September 2017, the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College will offer ambitious, high achieving 14–18 year olds an entirely new educational opportunity. It will uniquely integrate excellent academic, technical and practical learning in a state-of-the-art environment.
The UTC is being developed by an Employer’s Alliance group, led by the University of Westminster and Network Rail, Transport for London, Crossrail, Alstom, BT Fleet, Sir Robert McAlpine and ourselves at Land Securities.
To mark this stage of construction, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster and Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Cllr The Lady Flight led the breaking-ground event, turning over the ceremonial first shovel of earth on the construction site. Cllr Flight was joined by Westminster UTC partners including the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, University of Westminster, Network Rail and Westminster City Council.
Bill Templeton, Apprentice Development Manager, Network Rail, said:
“We are excited to partner with the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC to produce excellent young professionals and address the shortage of young people coming through schools with the skills the transport engineering and construction industries are crying out for.”
Over 130,000 new jobs in London in the next 20 years will require engineers, technicians and project managers, with the aptitude to think independently, use newer technologies and work in multidisciplinary teams.
The Principal Designate, Karen Barker, said:
“Our students will confidently step forwards into employment, higher or further education and apprenticeships, equipped with the skills the transport engineering and construction industry needs.”
A priority for Karen will be to encourage diversity and especially to attract young women into the engineering professions, she continued
“I’m driven by a passion for science and engineering and a desire to open up opportunities for both girls and boys. Engineering is a diverse, modern profession where hard-working young people will enjoy the stretch and challenge of making the world a better place.”
Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and former partner of Sir Simon Milton, said:
“Work beginning on this life changing new educational establishment in the heart of Westminster is a very proud moment for everyone who has been involved in getting it off the ground. The ethos behind it comes from Sir Simon’s own pioneering ‘One City’ vision to provide young people with the opportunities to help them make the best of their lives and talents and to realise their true potential and be successful in life. We very much look forward to welcoming the first pupils when the doors open next year.”
Applications open in September 2016. To find out more about the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC please contact Dee Burn at D.Burn@westminster.ac.uk| or on 020 3506 9277.
NOTES TO EDITORS
University technical colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 14–18 year olds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.
The Sir Simon Milton Foundation
When Sir Simon Milton, pioneering leader of the Council died in April 2011, it was decided to create a Foundation, bearing his name, with one overriding aim – to continue delivering his vision of a caring City that offers opportunity for all.
As the charitable partner for the UTC, the Foundation has established a capital fund, which will provide awards to support students’ travel costs, reward achievement and, where needed, help progression into employment or university through scholarship awards and a contribution to university fees. The fund will also help the UTC to buy and maintain specialist equipment and provide additional one-to-one support for students with particular needs.