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Official launch for Burton and South Derbyshire UTC

UTC launchKeys to the new £8.6m building for Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College (UTC) were officially handed over on Saturday.

BAM Construction, the company which was awarded the contract to build the UTC, handed the keys to Principal, Janak Patel, after putting the finishing touches to the exciting new facilities.

During the event the Principal of BSD UTC, Janak Patel, and key sponsors celebrated the completion of the campus with speeches and a tour of the new building.

This was followed by an open day, where members of the public were able to get their first glimpse of the new campus, with the opportunity to gain more information about the BSD UTC, take tours of the facilities, speak to employers, meet the Principal, take part in engineering and science challenges and talk about career options.

Located in Burton Town Centre, the 5,300sq m development has involved the refurbishment of an annexe at Burton Town Hall and the construction of a new building on adjacent land. The facility is set to open in September 2016 and will equip 14- to 18-year-olds interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) with the skills and qualifications for successful careers in the industry and entry to top class universities.

The BSD UTC is sponsored by Nestle, Burton Hospitals, Derby Teaching Hospitals, Coventry University and Burton and South Derbyshire College. The UTC will combine core GCSE and A-level subjects with the technical specialisms of health sciences and systems and production engineering (mechatronics and robotics).

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 14- to 18-year-olds an innovative learning environment. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

Janak Patel, Principal of the forthcoming Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College, said: “We were delighted to launch the building for Burton’s exciting new University Technical College.

"The outstanding building, industry standard equipment, hands on learning and technical projects developed with employers will develop highly-skilled young people, preparing them for university, apprenticeships or employment. Students will gain valuable skills which, combined with academic and vocational qualifications, will help them pursue their dreams.”