About UTC Warrington
At UTC Warrington, we aim to create an outstanding academic and technical institution, with support from our employer and university partners, to achieve the following objectives:
- Address the skills gap, as identified by the Energy and Engineering industries and government.
- Be known as a pioneering institution for outstanding quality STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Maths) education in Warrington; filling the void which currently exists.
- Prepare a generation of skilled, career-ready young people with the necessary technical, academic and softer skills to succeed.
- Establish a modern, progressive college with an innovative and forward-thinking curriculum, valued by students and employers alike.
- Support female engineers into the profession, working alongside high profile aspirational women in Engineering.
- Establish a dynamic staff team, who have strong relationships with students and are prepared to go the ‘extra mile’.
We are supported by a great array of employer partners who are all dedicated to ensuring UTC Warrington provides the very best opportunities to its students.
Our employer partners are the driving force behind UTC Warrington; it is their hard work and determination that has ensured UTC Warrington is supported by the best School of Engineering in the North West at Manchester Metropolitan University. Our employer partners are now heavily involved in ensuring we have a curriculum that best fits the needs of industry and a college that they can work with for many years to come.
We are working hard to expand our database of employer partners in the run up to opening in September 2016 to ensure that we can give students the best possible range of opportunities within industry.
The Growing Skills Gap
The case for an engineering and energy STEM-focused UTC in Warrington and the sub-region was specifically recommended by the Warrington Skills Commission (2012) as part of the town’s integrated Skills Action Plan.
Warrington has over four times the proportion of jobs in engineering activities compared to the average for England; representing a total of 5,100 employees and totals 27,500 within a 30 minute drive time of Warrington. It also has twice the national average of employees working in electricity, gas and steam and hosts a number of large businesses associated with the nuclear industry, currently supporting over 4,500 employees locally.
The strength of these core infrastructure activities in Warrington such as energy and power has led to a deep and broad base of engineering consultancies as well as manufacturers. To support these organisations and fuel Warrington’s current and future growth there is a need for further skills development in the town. This is to ensure that the availability of suitably qualified engineers keeps pace with the predicted demographic increase, growth in the sector and the ageing workforce.
Manchester Metropolitan University adds significant value to UTC Warrington as the university sponsor. The University is committed to ensuring it capitalises on its considerable experience within engineering by aligning the School of Engineering closely with UTC Warrington.