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Tech college set to open for business.

Byline: David Whinyates Special Correspondent

WOLVERHAMPTON'S brand new University Technical T College, West Midlands Construction UTC, is inviting local Year 9 and 11 students to a series of events for potential applicants to learn about the new school and its partners.

Opening this September, the UTC's first students will have the rare and exciting opportunity to work with construction companies on the design and build of the final UTC site, at the former Springfield Brewery.

They will also embed innovative new technologies within the building to bring the structure itself to life.

Students will be able to learn about this project and all the other exciting opportunities at the WM W CUTC Roadshow, which is happening throughout the half term, across six towns in the West Midlands.

Principal TomT Macdonald said: "This is such a great opportunity for the young people of the West Midlands. Our employer partners are crying out for more skilled employees at a time when it is extremely challenging for young people to find careers.

"The employers have steered our curriculum to solve this challenge so that we create a new generation of construction professionals that can support and grow this thriving modern industry.

"Our students will graduate to become some of the most sought after employees within the construction industry."

The WM W CUTC is currently accepting applications from students. However, the college is proving very popular so places are limited.

The UTC will prepare students for technical and professional roles, including architecture, interior design, surveying, civil engineering, construction management, BIM engineering and other related IT roles.

The WM W CUTC is proud to be supported by a high calibre of employer partners who will develop students' employability, giving students an impressive skill set for their CVs as they seek careers in the Vs as they seek careers in the V sector, from civil engineers and construction managers to quantity surveyors and interior designers. The impressive list of employer partners currently involved includes, Barratt Developments, Barhale, Wilmott Dixon, Lovell, Hewden, Carillion, Redrow Homes and Morgan Sindall.

Representing the employer partners, Barratt Developments, Hewden, Lovell and Redrow Homes commented: "We are absolutely delighted to be patrons of the West Midlands UTC.

"This is a unique concept which guarantees every student a mentor from industry and we will also be helping the students to apply their learning in practical projects based on real life developments.

"Working in partnership with the CITB and other leading construction sector employers we are confident the UTC represents an excellent opportunity for 14-19 year olds in the West Midlands area."

UTC students will benefit from increased work experience and personal employer mentoring, with about 50 per cent of a learner's programme taught through employer led construction projects in purpose buitlt facilities.

The roadshow will commence in Birmingham on February 16 and will visit Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Stafford and finish on 21st February in Telford. T The UTC has limited space and is actively encouraging applications at the roadshow from students, currently in Year 9 and Year 11, to start next September. Anyone interested is advised to make sure their application is received as soon as possible.

Application forms will be forms will be A available at the roadshow and can be downloaded directly from the WM W CUTC website. For information, see


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