Ground breaking ceremony for University Technical College

Communities / Mon 9th Dec 2013 pm31 01:26pm


A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week to symbolise major construction work beginning on the new multi-million pound University Technical College opening in Harlow.

Mike McKeaveney, Principal of Sir Charles Kao UTC, led the ceremony on Friday 6th December 2013 accompanied by Robert Halfon MP, Mike Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University and Chair of the UTC steering group with other partners of the UTC.

Members of Harlow Youth Council also attended and were keen to show their support for Sir Charles Kao UTC, which opens on Harlow College campus in September 2014, welcoming students aged 14-19.
Sir Charles Kao UTC will provide a new opportunity for young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Computing. Students will be able to study their GCSEs and A levels alongside Technical Qualifications in two specialist areas – Smart Environments and Medical Technology. They will also have the opportunity to work closely with Sir Charles Kao UTC’s partners.

Principal of Sir Charles Kao UTC, Mike McKeaveney explained his vision for the UTC and said,
“Every child who joins us will flourish into employment, higher education or training and the unparalleled facilities that are starting to be built here today are key to that success.”
In addition to Anglia Ruskin University and Harlow College, other local and national employers; Johnson Controls, Pearson Education, Raytheon, GSK and Applied Scintillation Technologies also partner with Sir Charles Kao UTC.

Robert Halfon MP who has always supported the UTC movement said, “It’s unbelievable to think that two years ago from our meeting in the House of Commons with Lord Baker that we are standing here today. I genuinely believe that this will be one of the best opportunities for young people in Harlow for generations to come.”

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, said, “The UTC will turn Harlow College campus into a core educational provider for students aged 14-21 and the specialisms of Smart Environments and Medical Technology will bring exciting new opportunities to Harlow and will align with the Harlow Enterprise Zone.”

Amy Jane Thomas, Harlow Youth Councillor and a Manufacturing and Engineering Student from Harlow College said, “This is going to be such a great school; I wish the UTC had been built 4 years ago, so I could have attended.”

Michael Donegan, Construction Director for BAM London who is overseeing the build of Sir Charles Kao UTC said, “We have had an excellent start and excellent weather for the ground-breaking ceremony and building work is well underway.”

Michael acknowledged that, “The substructure foundations are virtually complete which is a real achievement. We anticipate a lot of change in a very short time and at present we are on schedule for completion next year.”

Recruitment for year 10 and year 12 entry for September 2014 has begun and Sir Charles Kao UTC is welcoming applications until February 28th 2014. More information is available on their website: www.sircharleskaoutc.com.

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