The designers, builders and innovators of the future can find out more about courses offered by the West Midlands Construction University Technical College (UTC) at an open evening on Wednesday (22 June, 2016).

The UTC opened its doors for the first time in September 2015 and offers students in Years 10 to 12 a unique combination of construction and IT courses alongside core GCSE and A-level subjects designed to prepare them for technical and professional roles in the construction industry.

It is currently based at Northwood Park Campus on Northwood Park Road, Wolverhampton, and will move to its permanent home, now under construction at the former Springfield Brewery site, this autumn.

The University of Wolverhampton will also be moving its School of Architecture and the Built Environment onto the Springfield Brewery site, developing a unique 'construction campus' which can accommodate hundreds of students.

Parents and prospective students currently in Years 9 and 11 are invited to find out more at an open evening at Northwood Park Campus on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 7pm.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "The opening of the innovative West Midlands UTC has further enhanced Wolverhampton's already excellent array of education providers, and Wednesday's open evening will give prospective students a chance to see what it has to offer.

"The construction sector has a major role to play in the overall regeneration of Wolverhampton, and it is imperative that we develop a skilled workforce which can take advantage of career opportunities that will arise over the next few years.

"The UTC has an important role to play in achieving this, and we are delighted to be associated with its continuing success which is further enriching the range of opportunities available to young people in Wolverhampton."

UTC Principal Tom Macdonald said: "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 three 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 our open evening next week to find out more."

For more information about the West Midlands Construction University Technical College, please visit Type=links;Linkid=4623;Title=West Midlands Construction UTC;Target=_blank; or call 01902 394100.

  • released: Thursday 16 June, 2016