Burnley's new university technical college set to open

More than 100 students sign up  for new venture

More than 100 students sign up for new venture

First published in News Basildon Recorder: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

THE new university technical college in Burnley has been given a clean bill of health by education watchdogs a fortnight ahead of the first phase opening.

An inspection team has toured the Victoria Mill complex, including workshops, a lecture theatre, prototyping suite and activity studio, in Trafalgar Street ahead of the Visions Learning Trust launch on August 29.

More than 100 students have signed up for the university technical college (UTC), the first in East Lancashire, which will mix GCSE and A-level learning with a hands-on approach to learning.

Leading employers, the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University are all backing the £10.3 milllion venture, which is sponsored by Training 2000.

Martin Callagher, the college’s principal-cum-managing director, said: “We are all really excited to be at this stage of the development.

“We’ve been extremely busy getting all the staff in place and compiling the diverse curriculum, but it’s all going to be worth it when our learners walk through the door and start their journey with us.”

Coun Shah Hussain, Burnley Council’s executive member for regeneration and economic development, added: “This is such an exciting time for Burnley and I’m so proud that it was chosen as the location for the first UTC in Lancashire.

“The UTC will attract and open new doors for the young people of Burnley, Lancashire and beyond, engaging them with hands-on vocational training giving them a real flavour for life in the world of work.

“The UTC puts employers at its core, which is vital to young people and their future.

“The training will be geared to the requirements of local employers to provide them with skilled young employees who will be trained and experienced – the workforce of the future.”

Students and parents will tour Victoria Mill before the doors officially open.

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11:47pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Pyewacket2 says...

Glad to hear it, good news that the money is being spent in Burnley to deliver University standard education. But where are all the degree level jobs going to come from ? Same in Blackburn with their University College, thousands attend but graduate with few prospects
Glad to hear it, good news that the money is being spent in Burnley to deliver University standard education. But where are all the degree level jobs going to come from ? Same in Blackburn with their University College, thousands attend but graduate with few prospects Pyewacket2
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8:53am Fri 16 Aug 13

alldaylong says...

The building looks wonderful, nice to see these old buildings bought back to life and not demolished.
The building looks wonderful, nice to see these old buildings bought back to life and not demolished. alldaylong
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10:39pm Fri 16 Aug 13

rumblesteveskin says...

100 STUDENTS.
They say it cost £10.3 millions but if you read older articles the figures of £13 millions, £26 millions are mentioned.

And what cost to the businesses that had to move ? and then the cost for all the preliminary work that went on over years? What cost the big lump of money to move Andrew Connolly so the rest of the work can go ahead?
What cost all the LCC road works on Trafalgar Street?

What cost to all the other Educational establishments when students leave and go to this?


Rumbelow, Cartledge you need to address your consciences and ask yourself exactly what plan do you have for Burnley cos at the moment you are making a big mess and wasting a lot of money.

100 STUDENTS for in excess of £50 MILLION, if the truth were known.
100 STUDENTS. They say it cost £10.3 millions but if you read older articles the figures of £13 millions, £26 millions are mentioned. And what cost to the businesses that had to move ? and then the cost for all the preliminary work that went on over years? What cost the big lump of money to move Andrew Connolly so the rest of the work can go ahead? What cost all the LCC road works on Trafalgar Street? What cost to all the other Educational establishments when students leave and go to this? Rumbelow, Cartledge you need to address your consciences and ask yourself exactly what plan do you have for Burnley cos at the moment you are making a big mess and wasting a lot of money. 100 STUDENTS for in excess of £50 MILLION, if the truth were known. rumblesteveskin
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