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MP hails new 640-place uni tech college in Chelmsley Wood

A new university technical college will be opening in Chelmsley Wood next year.

A new university technical college will be opening in Chelmsley Wood next year.

Meriden Tory MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed the news that the University Technical College (UTC) will open its doors to students in September 2016.

The college will offer students the chance to gain technical qualifications alongside the national curriculum and gain important business skills such as team-work, problem-solving and leadership.

The college, which has been made possible through a funding agreement between the Government and the WMG Academy for Young Engineers (Solihull), will have 640 places for students aged 14-19.

WMG Academy for Young Engineers currently runs a teaching centre in Coventry and bosses say opening a second academy will give students from across Birmingham and Solihull access to the same high-quality, innovative teaching.

Key employer partners for the new WMG Academy include Jaguar Land Rover, Controls And Data Services (formerly known as Aero Engine Controls) Arup, Automotive Insulations, Dassault Systems and Prodrive, whose input and expertise will shape the curriculum and the project-based learning approach of the new Academy.

Pupils will be able to take a problem-solving, practical approach to learning by working on real-world problems, set by the employers.

The focus on giving young people the right skills to excel in a competitive jobs market has been identified as a key focus for the West Midlands.

During the 2013/2014 academic year, there were 980 apprenticeships start-ups in Meriden.

Ms Spelman said: “This new academy will provide people across the Meriden constituency with greater choice when it comes to education. The exciting combination of gaining business experience by working with the employer partners, whilst still gaining traditional qualifications makes the academy stand out.”



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