Osborne announces new industry-led schools

Government has announced two new technical schools for the North West aimed at filling skills gap in priority sectors; Crewe University Technical College for engineering and manufacturing and a Studio school at Deyes High in Sefton for professional and financial services.

Crewe UTC will cater for 800 students and specialise in engineering, manufacturing and design in an area where there is a high demand for engineers and technicians. This project is led by Bentley and OSL Rail in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Cheshire East Council. A number of other employers are also engaged including Siemens, Bosch, Oliver Valves, Chevron Racing and Optical 3D.

The Studio @ Deyes will be based on the existing Deyes High School site in Maghull, catering for 300 students. The new school, sponsored by the Lydiate Learning Trust, will specialise in professional and financial management; advanced manufacturing and logistics; and digital-business. The studio school is supported by a range of employers from a number of sectors, including Hill Dickinson, Radisson Blu, Merseytravel and Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce. The school will aim to address local employment needs and skill shortages.

Chancellor George Osborne said: "University Technical Colleges are a key part of the Government's long term economic plan because they help ensure young people have the right skills so they can maximise their potential. The new colleges will provide the next generation of British workers with the skills they need to secure the high tech jobs of the future. This is an excellent example of how we are delivering a sustainable and resilient recovery by laying the foundations for a brighter economic future for the UK."

Dr Ariane Reinhart, member of the board for manufacturing at Bentley, said: "UTC Crewe is great news for Crewe, local students and for Bentley. Bentley is growing and we need talented young people now and for many years to come. We want to work with UTC Crewe's expert teaching staff so that young people develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes we know they need to succeed in the work environment. UTC Crewe will not only support Bentley's long term growth but importantly will support many other businesses in the area that are seeking and struggling to recruit talented young people."

The government announced seven new UTCs and four studio schools around the country.

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