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Port backs university plan

[ February 19, 2013   //   ]

Peel Ports is backing what it describes as the UK’s only Low Carbon and SuperPort University Technical College, which has just entered into its consultation period.

The port group hopes that the University Technical College – UTC – which is due to open in 2014, will give young people in the Liverpool City Region the skills they need to find employment in the ports and low carbon industries, including the new in-river container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool2, which is due to open in 2015.

Aimed at 14 to 19 year olds, the UTC will deliver a mix of academic and technical education specifically geared around the engineering and logistics industries.

As well as Peel Ports, other partners include Liverpool Community College and Liverpool John Moores University, together with the City Council, the Eldonians Group, Laing O’Rourke, Arup, Balfour Beatty, EON and other employers.

Students will benefit from work placements, guest speakers, an employer-led curriculum, as well as involvement in real life projects. The new UTC will also run longer term times and operate business hours to help students prepare for work.