Middlesex University is set to join forces with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in the development of a University Technical College (UTC), after the Department of Education and the Baker Dearing Trust approved plans for an innovative new school specialising in sport, health and science.
University Technical Colleges are a recent education concept which allows employers and universities to partner and offer 14-18 year olds technically-oriented study, meeting future employment and skills needs. The new Tottenham UTC will tackle an expected shortfall in the numbers of graduates and workers with the skills needed to succeed in the science sector, including sports scientists and professionals in the health technology sector.
Middlesex has well established links with Tottenham Hotspur and the Tottenham area and will contribute expertise in sport, science and health, developing a unique curriculum that will attract young people – many who would not traditionally remain in education – and prepare them for places at university or to move straight into work at 18.
Other key sponsors signed up to the Tottenham UTC include Festo UK, National Instruments, Fusion Lifestyle and Mindsets UK and alongside Middlesex they will ensure the curriculum meets business needs as well as providing industry focussed projects for students.
Melvyn Keen, Deputy Chief Executive at Middlesex University said: “There are many exciting career opportunities in science, health and sport and these industries are hungry for skilled staff and ambitious graduates. We’re delighted to sponsor a project that will harness the talent of young people in North London, and we look forward to working with our Tottenham UTC partners to create some really exciting opportunities.”
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club said: "The Tottenham UTC would deliver significant benefits for young people across North London by providing a high quality, targeted education that would equip them with key technical skills and enable them to take up jobs in the future. Delivering a curriculum around sport, science and health, both our Club and our Foundation would be involved in it, making it a truly unique and compelling educational facility.”
Planning around the delivery of the UTC will now begin and will include a consultation phase with parents and businesses. For more information about University Technical Colleges, please visit http://www.utcolleges.org/