The government has announced plans for 13 new University Technical Colleges including three specialising in construction, plus £147m for refurbishment
s to 47 Further Education colleges that will include new facilities for training the next generation in construction skills.
Contractors Laing O’Rourke, Galliford Try and Denne Construction are among 140 employers and universities backing the 13 new UTCs, which are set to open from September 2014.
UTCs are academies for 14-to-19-year-olds, which deliver full-time technical courses designed to train young people to meet the needs of modern business.
Courses are sponsored by a local university and employers, and combine practical and academic studies led by employers who support learning through work placements and access to industry facilities and equipment.
The new colleges join 27 already preparing to open and five currently open, making a total of 45 colleges to be opened by 2015.
Laing O’Rourke is supporting North East Greater Manchester UTC, which will specialise in sustainable engineering and construction.
Galliford Try is one of three industry partners behind the planned new South Devon UTC specialising in engineering and science.
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