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29th May 2012, 5:25pm
Lincoln UTC gets the green light to inspire new generation of engineers
Engineering plans A consortium led by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and Lincoln College has been successful in its bid to establish a University Technical College (UTC) in Lincoln.

Today (29th May 2012) the Government named Lincoln UTC as one of the 15 UTCs to open across the country over the next two years.

The project, aimed at inspiring a new generation of engineering and scientific talent in the region, is supported by the University of Lincoln, working with lead partners Siemens and Lincoln College, plus a range of local companies.

University Technical Colleges are a new initiative in high quality technical schooling for 14-19 year old students, promoted by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust. Each UTC is sponsored by a university and employers are involved from the start in shaping the curriculum.

The Lincoln UTC will specialise in Engineering with Core Science and develop as a centre of excellence that delivers high quality learning for all, with a particular commitment to achievement in mathematics. The UTC, which is planned to open in 2013/14, will reflect the local master plan’s aspiration for Lincoln to become a regional hub for technological innovation.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: "Today's announcement is tremendous news for the University, its partners and the City. The next generation of engineers and scientists will come through the Lincoln University Technical College, which will work hard to develop a relevant vocational education based on strong academic teaching. University technical colleges provide an excellent route for young people to pursue careers in engineering and science that prepare students for future success in industry and ensure the highest standards of relevant and useful secondary education."

Nick Muntz, Managing Director of Siemens Lincoln, said: "The Siemens team in Lincoln is absolutely delighted with the news that the consortium between the University of Lincoln, Lincoln College and Siemens has been successful in its bid for the Lincoln UTC. The UTC will bring great benefits to the young people of Lincolnshire, offering them the chance to gain specialised vocational training, benefiting from the combined expertise of all parties involved. The coming of the UTC to Lincoln is also a significant boost to the City, adding to its already considerable educational infrastructure. This puts Lincoln firmly at the centre of academic excellence offering a new model for industry/educational collaboration building on the firm foundation of the college and university."

Toby Peyton-Jones, Director of HR, Siemens UK & North West Europe, and recently appointed Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, said: “UTCs are a great example of demand-led education and training collaboration. For Siemens and other employers UTCs are becoming a critical element of skills strategy aimed at supporting the competitiveness of our UK workforce. Lincoln will be the second UTC sponsored by Siemens, following the announcement earlier this year of the Black Country UTC in Walsall. It is our very clear aim that they will become beacons of excellence for enabling the transition of young people into worthwhile careers.”

John Allen, Principal and Chief Executive of Lincoln College, said:  “The UTC development adds a new dimension to rich traditions of engineering training in Lincolnshire.  Science and technology supports economic growth so this announcement will deliver excellent opportunities for young people to gain advanced engineering and science knowledge coupled with a wide range of transferable skills that will help them through life.  The experience and qualifications gained by students attending the UTC will help regional employers compete in the global economic race and help support growth and prosperity in the region.  The UTC will add a new specialised educational offer that complements the existing excellent secondary schools and college provision across the county and supports even wider choice.”

For the past four years, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) has been working with the Department for Education, local employers, universities and further education colleges to develop a national network of UTCs.

Twenty seven applications for the latest round were received in January 2012 of which 15 were approved bringing the total number of UTCs to 34.

Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of BDT, said: “Companies up and down the country who need highly skilled technicians and engineers support UTCs which bind universities and industry into their establishment, governance and curriculum design.  UTCs will help our economic growth. Almost 300 companies are supporting these 34 UTCs - an outstanding industrial commitment.”

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