Medway makes new bid for University Technical College

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A second bid for a technical college specialising in construction and engineering in Medway has been handed in to the government.

Medway Council said the bid for a University Technical College (UTC) built on the area's history to equip a new generation with technical skills.

The college would offer a mixture of practical and academic education and training for 14 to 19-year-olds.

The first bid, made earlier this year, was unsuccessful.

The council said those behind the new bid were undeterred by the first rejection from the Department for Education (DfE) and were keen to set up an industry-orientated school in Medway.

'Enthuse students'

The college would be sponsored by the University of Greenwich, MidKent College, Medway Council and local employers including BAE Systems, Delphi Diesel Systems and Denne Construction.

"We believe Medway's economy would benefit greatly from having a UTC, and we hope the Department for Education will agree with us once it has reviewed our improved bid," said Sue McLeod, Deputy Principal of MidKent College, Sue McLeod, said:

"A UTC will enable a degree of specialisation prior to age 16 that is currently unavailable and which will re-engage and enthuse students."

A number of sites in Medway are being considered for the college including an unused block at Brompton Barracks.

The DfE will consider the bid early next year, with a decision due in March.

If it is successful a principal designate would be appointed by December next year, with the college opening in September 2014.

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