Prospective students and their parents can find out more about the new multi million pound West Midlands Construction UTC (WMCUTC) for 14 to 19 year olds at a special event to be held next Thursday 30 October at Molineux Stadium.

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The WMCUTC will open its doors in September 2015 at fully refurbished temporary premises in Wolverhampton. Subject to planning permission the WMCUTC will relocate to its permanent site on the former Springfield Brewery site in September2016, where it will ultimately have places for 600 students from across the region.

It will provide an inspiring and engaging education with a focus on Construction and the Application of IT in the Built Environment alongside core GCSEs and A Levels, preparing young people for technical and professional roles in the construction industry.

Upon graduating, students will then have the option of going into construction related higher education, apprenticeships or into employment. Additionally, the curriculum will provide access to qualifications that open the doors to further and higher education in non construction subjects.

A special UTC Experience Event will be taking place at the Molineux Stadium on Thursday 30 October 2014 from 10am to 4pm, where prospective students can find out more. Further events are also planned over the coming months.

Tom Macdonald, Principal of the WMCUTC, said: "The WMCUTC will be a world beating, state of the art facility offering opportunities and high quality education for talented students from the West Midlands.

"There are thousands of different job roles within the construction industry, from civil engineers and construction managers to quantity surveyors and interior designers.

"We have created 3 pathways for students, Design, Build and Innovate. Each of these is specifically crafted to help young people prepare for any of the amazing careers in those sectors.

"I'd encourage prospective students to come along to the UTC Experience Event next week to find out more and how to apply."

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The WMCUTC has the backing of Wolverhampton City Council and over 60 construction companies in the West Midlands - including Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall, Lovell Partnerships Ltd, Hewden, Redrow, Carillion and Barhale Construction

The University of Wolverhampton will also be moving its School of Architecture and the Built Environment on to the Springfield Brewery site, developing a unique construction campus with enhanced opportunities for WMCUTC and university students.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "This is a very exciting proposal that aims to breathe new life into a vacant site and bring more jobs and opportunity to our city.

"The construction sector has a major role to play in the overall regeneration and long term prosperity of Wolverhampton.

"It is therefore important that a skilled workforce is developed to take advantage of career opportunities that will arise over the next few years and this development can help us achieve that."

  • released: Tuesday 21 October, 2014