Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Former Gestamp Boss Heads Up North's UTC

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Former Gestamp Boss Heads Up North's UTC

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CONSTRUCTION is due to start within months on a new engineering University Technical College (UTC) for the North East, which will be headed by a former Gestamp director.

Mr Land, who recently left the Newton Aycliffe car parts maker which is sponsoring the UTC, is working with the University of Sunderland on engaging with local companies.

And he updated the business community on the UTC's progress at a meeting of the Aycliffe Business Park Community, including announcing a head teacher has been appointed.

Mr Land said planning for the PS10m skills college will be submitted to Durham County Council this month. The Government confirmed in March it had approved funding for the South Durham UTC, the North East's first University Technical College, which will open next year.

The college, which will be built at Long Tens Way on Aycliffe Business Park, will offer 600 places to 14 to 19-year-olds in the North East which would specialise in advanced manufacturing and engineering. …

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