Berkeley GREEN University Technical College (UTC) on track for 2017 opening28th June 2016
Plans to build a University Technical College (UTC) at the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park located at the former nuclear laboratories at Berkeley have been approved by Stroud District Council.
The UTC, which will be one of sixty planned or already open University Technical Colleges nationally, will provide specialist, high quality, vocational and academic education for learners with a strong interest in Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Technologies from the age of 14.
Since securing funding from the Government's Growth Fund in 2014, SGS College has quickly got to work developing the 14 acres of a now delicensed Berkeley Centre to transform it into a state-of-the-art campus, with an emphasis on low-carbon energy generation and emerging technologies.
The new campus, which is due to open in September 2017, will offer some of the best training facilities in the country for the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing industries and will house the recently approved state of the art UTC and a GREEN Skills Centre, which will incorporate education, training, business start-up and research facilities.
Since October last year, the much-hyped new campus - part of a £30million investment to create the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park- has hosted a number of open events at the Campus, with each event offering prospective students the chance to meet with course specialists and learn about the cyber security, engineering and digital technologies programmes that learners will be available to study at the Campus. In addition, a variety of external organisations attend the events, giving further insight into the different industries.
SGS College Principal and Chair of the UTC Governing Body, Sara-Jane Watkins, comments: "The Berkeley GREEN UTC is an exciting development that will be an asset to the region. Young people will have an opportunity to specialise in their chosen industry as well as gaining the GCSEs that they would do at secondary school with clear progression routes into employment, apprenticeships and higher education."
For those interested in studying or learning more about the Berkeley GREEN UTC, the next open event, where people can take a tour of the site and learn about the courses on offer, will take place Saturday 10 September, 10:00 – 13:00.