Students start life at Burnley's £10million University Technical College (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Students start life at Burnley's £10million University Technical College
STUDENTS started lessons at Burnley's new University Technical College yesterday - and they hailed the new facility as top class.
The Vision’s Learning Trust £10.3m hub will help shape the next generation of East Lancashire's engineering and manufacturing workers.
The day started at 8.30am as 106 students, aged 14 to 19, entered through the main doors in Trafalgar Street, Burnley.
They marvelled at the main hall of the university, a modern conversion of the old Victoria Mill complex.
As they looked around the building, they saw the steel ventilation system hang from the crisp magnolia ceiling, a huge, freshly painted industrial engine gleam in the Waterside canteen and timber trusses salvaged from the old mill stand proudly in the atrium.
The learners, 104 boys and two girls, all wearing new workwear uniforms, had their names registered by an administrator and were then shown to lecture rooms and workshops for introductory sessions.
Jamie McCann, 16, who will make a two-hour round trip to the Trafalgar Street facility from his home in Preston to do his A Levels, said he felt inspired by the look of the centre and what it had to offer.
The budding structural engineer said: “The way they’ve constructed the old mill, mixing it with the modern style, keeping some of the history and showing the workings of the building is brilliant.
"It looks incredible. I’m feeling excited to get going with projects.”
The younger learners will be taking standard GCSEs and over-16s will take A-Level and BTECH qualifications in engineering, construction, maths, physics, chemistry, ICT, design and technology and business studies, aiming to achieve apprenticeships or gaining places on degree courses.
Timetables run from 8.30am to 4.45pm, with no set break times, which are decided by teachers when they feel their students need a rest and the final hour of each day is spent on curricular activities, called ‘enrichment’ which the student picks for themselves.
These can be learning a musical instrument, doing sport or designing things for invention.
Organisations having hands on involvement, setting projects for the students and shaping their curriculums, will include security equipment maker Chubb, water giant United Utilities, recycling technology firm Global Renewables, ship builders Deptford, Barnfield Construction, aerospace firm Aircelle and Liverpool John Moores University.
Describing his delight after the first day of the new facility, Martin Callagher, principal and managing director of UTC, said: “I’m really excited to see all our hard work come together.
"It’s great to see so many bright and smartly-dressed young people here and we’re going to give them a very high standard of education and get them the best opportunities the world of work can offer.”
Comments are closed on this article.