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Solihull University Technical College

A consultation document has recently been published, which provides an insight into the plans for the WMG Academy for Young Engineers Solihull including the admissions policy.

To comment on the consultation document please visit, www.wmgacademysolihull.org.uk/consultation.

Solihull Council, the University of Warwick and major employers are looking into the possibility of creating a University Technical College (UTC) specialising in Engineering in Solihull.

To make this happen, we need to collect parents' and pupils views as to whether they would be interested in this for their child.

We want the Solihull UTC to cater for 640 14-19 year olds. It will have a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) focus where Engineering is the main specialism.

The core of the curriculum will be the types of problems that employers face every day. In solving the problems students will acquire the knowledge they need to pass nationally recognised qualifications as well as a range of other skills that employers value - for example, the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work in teams.

The Solihull UTC will be business led with a business like vision and culture, responding to the acute need from employers in Solihull and the surrounding areas for employees with a range of engineering skills.

Strong employer involvement means that students would be in a better position to make the most of job opportunities in the engineering industries in the region.

We want the Solihull UTC to open in September 2016 or September 2017 with a capacity for up to 640 students; 160 in each year group.  In the first year students would be admitted in Year 10 and Year 12.

It would be our intention to develop purpose built accommodation in North Solihull, within easy reach of the major transport links in Chelmsley Wood and Marston Green.

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