GPUTC expands open evening line up

The Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPUTC) hosted its first open evening, and is adding another to its calendar as a result of growing demand.  Learners can join the UTC in year 10 and year 12.

The next newly announced open evening will take place on the 9th of December 2014 from 6-8pm is open to learners wanting to join the UTC in year 10 and year 12 when it opens in Sept 2015. This will follow shortly on the heels of the event on Tuesday 11th November 2014 with all events taking place at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) on Peterborough’s Park Crescent campus.

Prospective students and parents/guardians interact with staff and sponsors at the open evening that took place last month.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response to the new technical school and the interest shown by prospective students at the first open evening,” said Dr Alan McMurdo, GPUTC principal, “all attendees at the open evening signed up and brought along friends and family members. So we are adding the new date of 9thDecember 2014 to cope with the demand.”

The open evenings offer an exciting and fun packed line-up for interested learners and parents to discover more about the specialist learning opportunities available through the GPUTC, with several next generation technology demonstrations and team competitions planned. Learners and parents are invited from throughout Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, which covers town and cities including Corby, Huntingdon, Oundle, Peterborough, Stamford and Wisbech and their respective surrounding areas.

McMurdo said “It is a privilege to be returning to Peterborough to help set up this fantastic educational facility working with dedicated employers in developing skills in young people that meet employer’s needs. I am really pleased to have Phil Brown from Anglian Water as the new first chair of Governors, and his insight from an employer’s perspective in developing people. Over £10m is being invested into the region’s education system with a state of the art building and specialist equipment.

We aim to provide world class technical education for any youngster with the aptitude for practical and applied learning. This has been missing from our educational landscape for some time but I am delighted to say that we are putting that right”.

The £10m state of the art building which opens in Autumn of 2015, is co-located at the Peterborough Regional College, and is set to provide a specialist technical education for the city and wider surrounding areas. The school will be operated in partnership with sponsor businesses including Anglian Water, Larkfleet Group and Marshall Aerospace who will be providing continual support and potential employment opportunities for the learners.

With a specialism of ‘sustainability’ across technical courses in construction, engineering and software engineering and where there is an high demand on employment, the UTC is set to advance the education of 14-19 year olds from September 2015 providing them with a pathway to further education, apprenticeships and employability skills.

To learn more about the benefits of this exciting initiative or register your child’s interest, please visit: www.gputc.com, or follow us on twitter @GPUTC and Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreaterPeterboroughUTC.

Furthermore GPUTC will be running Open Evenings at Peterborough Regional College on

  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 11th November 2014 for current Year 11 students and their parents (Year 12 Intake September 2015)
  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 9th December 2014 for current Year 9 & 11 students and their parents (Year 10 & 12 Intake September 2015)
  • 6-8pm on Tuesday 5th February 2015 for current Year 9 & 11 students and their parents (Year 10 & 12 Intake September 2015)

Or to access the prospectus at http://www.gputc.com/join-us

For further details or to register your interest, please visit http://gputc.com/openevenings, follow us on twitter @GPUTC and Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreaterPeterboroughUTC.

The Greater Peterborough UTC will be owned by the Greater Peterborough UTC, an Academy Trust, which has three founding board members, a nominee from Anglia Ruskin University, a nominee from Anglian Water Services Limited and a nominee from Peterborough Regional College. In addition, a large number of local employers are supporting the development of the UTC. The UTC Board will consist of a majority of Employer and University Governors.

For further information please contact:
E-mail: info@gputc.com                Tel: 0345 872 8722

www.gputc.com              @GPUTC

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