Innovative school will boost engineering education in Leeds
The University has joined with local organisations and businesses to set up a Leeds school aimed at 14 to 18 year olds interested in engineering and advanced manufacturing.
Approval for the new University Technical College (UTC), which is expected to open its doors in September 2016, was announced by the Department for Education and is part of a national effort to tackle skills shortages in the engineering sector.
Major business partners Kodak UK, Agfa, Unilever, Siemens and Grant Thornton will lead the project, with support from the University, Leeds City Council, Leeds City College and Leeds Chamber of Commerce.
The Leeds UTC is expected to have an eventual total capacity of 600 pupils. It will operate under the governments academy schools programme and will offer traditional GCSEs and A levels with an additional focus on advanced manufacturing and engineering.
The location of the school has not been announced.
Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said: "Engineering and advanced manufacturing is one of the most dynamic and important sectors of the economy in the Leeds City Region. It is vital that we equip young peopleboys and girlswith the skills they need for employment in this sector.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has backed the concept of University Technical Colleges and the new college in Leeds will draw on a strong partnership between local industry leaders, Leeds City College, Leeds City Council and the University to provide exciting new educational opportunities for 14-18 year-olds interested in engineering.
The UTC scheme, run by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, is a national programme to establish specialist technical schools supported by universities, industry and other partners. UTCs offer full-time courses in which academic, technical and practical learning are fully integrated. For example, a student might learn maths within a technical specialism or while working on a practical task. Employers are involved from the start in shaping the curriculum.