Department of Education approves funding agreement for new University Technical College

Plans to create a new University Technical College in Leeds (UTC Leeds) has taken a major step forward following the approval of a funding agreement worth £9.5million by the Department of Education.

The funding agreement, which covers the cost of building works and initial staffing costs, has now given the green light to the UTC Leeds steering group to develop the new college building and start the recruitment process for a Principal Designate.

Located at the Braime Pressings Factory on Hunslet Road, the UTC will be housed in the newly convert west wing, with building work expected to start in September 2015 for completion September 2016.

Phil Ball, Managing Director at Kodak and a member of the UTC Leeds steering group, says: “UTC Leeds will combine the very best in modern learning and teaching environments with the city’s great manufacturing heritage.

“Working with industry, the job of the new principal will be to win the hearts and minds of parents and recruit the first intake of 105 14 year olds and 120 16 year olds ready for when the UTC Leeds opens its doors.

“Applications for the position of Principal Designate is now open and it is fantastic opportunity for someone who can bring the right mix of leadership skills, experience and passion to inspire the next generation of engineers and manufacturers.”

Specialising in engineering and manufacturing, UTC Leeds will provide a vocational education for young people aged 14-19 from across the city region, with the curriculum focused on the ‘STEM’ subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.