Open day at Burnley’s new University Technical College

University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Visions Learning Trust, Burnley’s £10.3m University Technical College (UTC) opened its doors to visitors for the first time on Saturday.

Opening in August, building work at Visions Learning Trust is still underway, but visitors got the chance to take a sneak peek inside a section of the UTC which is now taking shape.

University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) modelled a single seat racing car which was built, tested and raced by LJMU engineering students at Silverstone last year, and science and technology software experts, LJ Create, demonstrated learning kits and robotics technology to visitors.

The University of Central Lancashire (UClan) and many other local employers such as Barnfield Construction, Chubb Systems, Graham Engineering and Fort Vale Engineering were also at the event to showcase the employer led training on offer to learners.

Visions Learning Trust will provide education for 14-to-19-year-olds in a new format that puts employers at its core.

Principal Martin Callagher said: “This is a vital time for young people in the area, especially those who are currently choosing the next steps in their education.

Martin Callagher MD of the Visions Learning Trust, Mike Riley site manager for Barnfield, Steve Gray CEO of Training 2000, Jane Ware from the Baker Dearing Trust and apprentices Laura Heaven and Alex Butterworth at the University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

Martin Callagher MD of the Visions Learning Trust, Mike Riley site manager for Barnfield, Steve Gray CEO of Training 2000, Jane Ware from the Baker Dearing Trust and apprentices Laura Heaven and Alex Butterworth at the University Technical College open day on Trafalgar Street in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

“Visions Learning Trust will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to access outstanding education that is linked directly to developing the skills and knowledge that local employers want and need.”

Combining traditional education programmes with employer-led technical training, Visions Learning Trust will focus on developing the high skills levels required by employers in the engineering, advanced manufacturing and construction industries.

Development and conversion of the historic Victoria Mill in Burnley is being undertaken by Nelson-based Barnfield Construction in a joint venture with Burnley Borough Council.

For more information visit www.visionslearningtrust.co.uk or call 0800 001 4995 or 01254 54659, or email utc@visionslearningtrust.co.uk.