UTC Swindon starts student recruitment drive

Preferred site for the new Swindon UTC Building work is due to begin this week

Related Stories

A student recruitment drive for Wiltshire's first university technical college has begun a year before its planned opening.

The drive to recruit 300 students has been launched ahead of building work beginning on UTC Swindon's £10m campus.

The college will offer engineering and enterprise courses alongside the national curriculum.

Swindon Borough Council leader David Renard said it would help make young people "ready" for work.

The college, which will be built on the former Swindon Railway Works, will initially offer 150 places each on GCSE and A Level courses.

The joint project between Swindon College, Oxford Brookes University and local firm Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells will eventually offer 600 student places for 14 to 19-year-olds and is due to open in September 2014.

Mr Renard said the courses would give young people new skills, including "basic things".

"In some cases, it's things like turning up for work on time [or] being prepared to put in a full day's work - these are the sorts of skills that they will be learning," he said.

The recruitment drive will involve open evenings taking place across Wiltshire until Friday.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Wiltshire



25 °C 15 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Dr Mahinder Watsa Dr Sex

    The wisecracking 90-year-old whose advice column is a cult hit

  • Payton McKinnonLeft behind

    Why do so many children die in hot cars?

  • USA fanSoccer punch

    Has the US finally fallen in love with the beautiful game? BBC Sport

  • Cooling towers at the Temelin nuclear power station, Czech Republic, 2011Nuclear links

    The EU's dependence on Russian-designed power plants

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Kyoto.Falling for Kyoto

    Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes an enchanting first stroll through the city


  • (File photo) Usain BoltClick Watch

    Challenging the world's fastest man to a virtual race over 40m – can you keep up?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.