Silverstone UTC Opens to it’s First Students.
One of this year’s flagship University Technical Colleges (UTC) has opened at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone Circuit, providing high quality practical, technical education in high performance engineering and business and technical events management for 14 to 18 year olds.
The Silverstone UTC is based trackside at one of the UK’s most prestigious locations for high performance engineering and technical business events management making it an ideal location to offer both specialisms to young people aged 14 to 18. The Silverstone UTC is a partnership between Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, Silverstone Circuits Ltd, and The University of Northampton and is supported by a variety of industry leaders including McLaren, Grand Stand Group and Caterham Cars.
Neil Patterson, Principal of Silverstone UTC says:
“The Silverstone UTC is a fantastic new school that provides the opportunity for young people to specialise in subjects to suit their career aspirations through a mix of academic study and practical industrial experience. By working with our lead partners, Tresham College, Silverstone Circuits and The University of Northampton together with some of the most prestigious companies in High Performance Engineering and Business & Technical Events Management including Grandstand Group and McLaren this marks the first day of a new chapter in education for Northamptonshire.”
Stuart Wesselby, Principal at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education said:
‘’We are proud to be the lead partner of the Silverstone UTC and have been working closely with the other partners, the University of Northampton and Silverstone Circuits to ensure the Silverstone UTC offers a fantastic learning experience. The Silverstone UTC provides a great opportunity for students to specialise in High Performance Engineering or Business and Technical Events Management alongside academic study and practical industrial experience. It’s a great chance for students to develop specialist skills at the iconic Silverstone Circuit. ”
UTCs are backed by the Government and sponsored by an employer and a university. They equip students with hands on, technical skills, helping to make them work ready and employable. UTCs have a longer school day and run over a 40-week year.The Silverstone UTC is now one of 17 UTCs open across the country. This number will increase to 44 by 2015.
To find out more about the Silverstone UTC please visit http://www.utc-silverstone.co.uk/.
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