UTC rises from the ground

Some of the city’s councillors paid a visit to the building works at Portsmouth’s new University Technology College (UTC) in Hilsea this week to review progress and meet project staff.

UTC Portsmouth opens in September 2017 with support from the University of Portsmouth and leading businesses including the Royal Navy, Land Rover BAR, BAE Systems and QinetiQ.

UTC students will learn practical and technical skills and on-the-job training in an exciting and stimulating environment.

Young people will be able to join the college at either 14 (Year 10) or 16 (Year 12) and undertake a variety of academic and vocational qualifications including GCSEs, A Levels and Engineering Diplomas.

There will be a programme of learning to suit every student with employers and business leaders actively supporting your progress through mentoring, setting projects, site visits and careers guidance and advice.

image 3Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader, joined the tour and met the site’s project team. He said:

“I am delighted to learn that an excellent range of employers including the University, Royal Navy, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, NATS and many more are involved in this exciting project. This collaboration is exactly what our city needs.

The new college will help young people in our city fulfil their ambitions whilst also generating employees for the future and strengthening Portsmouth’s economy”.

Employer engagement with UTC Portsmouth students will include:

  • leadership and practical support in the creation and maintenance of a series of high quality, work related student projects
  • mentoring support to students and staff
  • offering practical resources, access to equipment, site visits and presentations to groups of students
  • guidance, expertise and experience in interview techniques
  • work experience to students.