Press Release

05 August 2014

Bromley College of Further & Higher Education, in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University and King's College Hospital, has received government approval to open a new University Technical College (UTC) in Bromley in 2016.

The Bromley UTC is one of seven new UTCs that have been announced today by the Government.

The joint venture is supported by a number of employers such as Oxleas NHS Trust, Nuffield Health, and Mytime Active. 

This exciting new type of secondary technical school, the first in Bromley and the only one in London and Kent to specialise in health and wellbeing sciences, will offer young people aged 14-19 the opportunity to specialise in a particular career path.

Bromley UTC will train and inspire a new generation of young people, equipping them with the technical skills demanded by employers in the sector.

Health and wellbeing sciences are essential to the future economy of London and the South East, and the College’s specialist courses will include genetics and genetic engineering, microbiological techniques, biochemistry and biochemical techniques, laboratory science, forensic science, medical science, environmental science and biological, chemical and physical science. In addition to this, also on offer will be a range of courses in sports biomechanics and nutrition.

Dr John Moss, Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “As University sponsor of the Bromley UTC, Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted that approval has been given for the project.

“The University sees this development as a key part of its strategic partnership with Bromley College, which is designed to create exciting new opportunities for young people, taking them on a journey through college to employment or University.

“Christ Church will be contributing expertise in health and wellbeing, life sciences and education to the UTC.”

Sam Parrett, Principal of Bromley College, said: “We are delighted that our application to open a new University Technical College in Bromley has been approved.

“Our vision is to provide outstanding vocational education and train our students for careers in the health and wellbeing science sectors with direct input and support from employers in the industry.”

Peter Absalom, Associate Director of Workforce Resourcing and Sarah James, Associate Director of Education and Organisation Development at King’s College Hospital, said: “The development of a UTC is part of our long term recruitment strategy. By building relationships from an early age and inspiring individuals in our work, we know we will be the employer of choice and make a real difference in our community”.

Councillor Stephen Wells, Executive Member for Education at Bromley Council said:

“This new UTC will further extend Bromley's vibrant and innovative education environment to help our young people learn and find employment in the borough. We will continue to work with the team at Bromley College to aid the success of the venture and wish them well as they develop this exciting enterprise.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

About University Technical Colleges

  • The UK needs advanced technical skills if we are to prosper in the 21st century. UTCs are teaching the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.
  • University technical colleges (UTCs) are technical secondary schools for 14-18 year olds. They offer a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning.
  • UTCs integrate technical, practical and academic learning. They use the latest equipment and technology to provide an environment where students can thrive and develop the skills employers need.
  • A university and local employers back each UTC.
  • More than 500 employers support UTCs including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Network Rail and Microsoft, as well as scores of small and medium sized businesses. Together with nearly 50 universities they contribute their knowledge as well as offering opportunities to experience the world of work.
  • UTCs teach one or more technical specialisms that meet the skills shortages in the region. These include: engineering; manufacturing; health sciences; product design; digital technologies; and the built environment.
  • 17 UTCs are open, 33 are approved and there will be 50 open by 2016. When fully operational there will be places for more than 30,000 students.
  • Students from UTCs stay in full time study, start an apprenticeship, or get a job. So far no student has joined the ranks of the unemployed.
  • More information about UTCs: www.utcolleges.org

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Last edited: 30/06/2016 07:55:00