Syntax supporting Derby Manufacturing’s UTC meet the new Principal employer event

29th Aug 2014

As part of Syntax’s commitment to proactively supporting the projects that are helping fill the STEM skills gaps, we’re extremely pleased to be playing our part in inviting employers and prospective students at Derby Manufacturing UTC which opens this time next year are being invited to meet the Principal Designate at two events next month (September).

Phil Morris will join the UTC on September 1 and will be based at one of the key partners in the project, Derby College, whilst construction work takes place on the new £8 million building in Pride Park.

Applications are already coming in for the first intake of 180 students in year 10 and year 12 who will start in September 2015. The UTC will ultimately have capacity for up to 600 young people aged 14 to 19. They will study core GCSE's, A levels and engineering qualifications enhanced by project based learning, work placements, employer site visits and lectures by business leaders.

A wide range of employers from SMEs such as ourselves, Syntax, to key partners Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier are already heavily involved in the development of the UTC and they, along with other key local employers, will be attending an event to meet Mr Morris at the Kedleston Road site of fellow sponsor, the University of Derby on Thursday September 4 between 3pm and 6pm.

Young people who have already applied and those interested in the UTC are then being invited, with their families, to meet Mr Morris and learn more about his vision for the UTC at an event at The Roundhouse on Monday September 22 between 6pm and 8pm.

Mr Morris has come from Landau Forte Academy: Tamworth Sixth Form where he was instrumental in launching the new facility in 2010.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to meeting the employers who are already playing a crucial role in developing this centre of excellence for students who wish to work within engineering and of course the prospective students and their families.

“We are now on countdown to the opening of the UTC and I am relishing the prospect of working with Project Manager Louise Curd from Derby College to oversee the development of a purpose-built UTC facility, building the management and teaching team and recruiting the first 180 students, ready for the opening in September 2015.

“High-tech companies rely on a strong pipeline of people with science and engineering qualifications. Derby Manufacturing UTC will lead the way by offering high-quality science, engineering and technical education alongside core subjects such as English and Maths – skills that employers across the board have identified as crucial skills for their businesses.”

Derby Manufacturing UTC is a partnership between Derby College, the University of Derby, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Derby City Council and a wide range of supply chain employers working in local manufacturing and engineering. It is one of 50 new UTCs being developed across the country.

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For more information on the Derby Manufacturing UTC, please visit the website ;

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