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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Showcase event for Cumbria’s first University Technical College

Cumbria's first University Technical College (UTC) is opening its doors later this month to showcase what it will have to offer students when it opens in September.

Technical college head Gary Jones photo
Principal Gary Jones

The £10m development at Lillyhall, near Workington, is the first UTC in the county.

UTCs are colleges for students aged 14-18 which specialise in technical studies and are sponsored by universities.

They offer full-time courses which combine practical and academic studies and local employers help shape the curriculum.

The Energy Coast UTC will be specialising in energy, engineering and construction, with a first cohort of around 140 students, and up to 500 students studying there by 2018.

Built on land beside Energus, it is holding an opening event on February 21 for the forthcoming year 12 intake of students.

The event is specifically aimed at those who wish to attend as a year 12 student.

Visitors will also include a tour of Lakes College’s and Gen2’s facilities, giving students and their parents the opportunity to get a closer look at the facilities they could be potentially using from September.

There will be a presentation by principal Gary Jones and will feature talks from other partner bodies including Lakes College and Gen2.

Experts will also be on hand to explain how you apply for a place at the UTC.

Anyone interested in attending must book a place. The event on February 21 will start at 11am at Energus and run until about 1.30pm. To book, contact Gillian Johnston on 01900 605665.

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