BURNLEY teenagers can now apply for places at the town’s University Technical College.
The college, currently under construction at Victoria Mill at the heart of the Weavers’ Triangle, is accepting applications from prospective students aged between 14 and 19.
Set to open in August next year, the Visions Learning Trust (VLT) college will combine hands-on technical training with traditional education.
Visions Learning Trust has also launched a prospectus and an interactive website.
Managing director Mr Martin Callagher said: “To be in a position to accept applications and let people know more about this exciting project is fantastic.
“UTCs are a brand new concept in education and it will transform learning in the region.
“Visions Learning Trust will provide young people from Burnley and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to work in construction or engineering and equip them with the skills that employers need, thereby improving their future career prospects.”
A study undertaken by the Royal Academy of Engineering revealed that 100,000 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates are required each year just to maintain the required levels of new employees.
Mr Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, lead sponsors of Visions Learning Trust, said that the UTC would provide an alternative route to employment or higher education.
“Visions Learning Trust is unique in the way that it offers multiple entry opportunities and progression routes, therefore it is a great option for people who know what they want to do but are possibly unsure of the route they need to take in order to be successful in this aspect of work.
“The different pathways can be personalised to suit people’s ability and preferred learning methods, so the UTC is a great option for those who prefer practical learning and a hands-on approach.
“We want to make learning work for young people and we are encouraging people to visit the website or download the prospectus to find out more. We hope that they share our excitement for this long-awaited and ground-breaking centre.”
Prospective students can apply online for Visions Learning Trust at www.visionslearningtrust.co.uk or via post by downloading the application form from the website.