Burnley's UTC described as 'jewel in crown'

Burnley’s University Technical College (UTC) was the talk of the floor in the House of Commons during question time with the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.

Women in Engineering Image IIBurnley’s MP, Gordon Birtwistle, proposed an acknowledgement of the work being done by technical colleges in training young people for trades and apprenticeships, and in particular Burnley’s state-of-the-art UTC, which is training young people from the age of 14 in engineering and construction.

The Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles MP, responded saying “UTC’s are crucial, and we have more coming through the pipeline. The Burnley UTC is absolutely a jewel in the crown.”

Martin Callagher, managing director of the UTC said: “I’m delighted the Minister described our UTC as the jewel in the UK’s UTC crown. We have a flagship facility here in Burnley, the first in Lancashire, where we deliver a new and innovative way of learning for 14 to 19 year olds who wish to study towards a career in engineering or construction.”

“Careers in engineering and advanced manufacturing can open up opportunities for work across the globe. Engineering and technology are where it’s at. What other fields give you as many opportunities to design, create, and build things that could have a huge impact on the world and the UTC’s are developing the much needed skills in engineering.

“We are also delighted to have several female learners studying with us at Burnley’s UTC. There is a national drive to encourage more women into engineering and we are delighted to be growing our young female learner numbers.”

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend said: “Burnley has a strong manufacturing base, making parts for the world’s largest planes and fastest cars, and we need to ensure we create the engineers for the future. Our ambition is to make Burnley a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing and engineering excellence, and to achieve this it is important we provide the opportunities for our younger generation to gain the skills needed to grow these sectors and create jobs for the future and the superb facilities in the new UTC in Burnley will do just that. “I’m delighted Burnley is being talked about for our superb facilities at the highest levels. Burnley is leading the way in developing skills and its economy.”