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Aston University Engineering Academy welcomes Permanent Secretary

Chris Wormald

20 May 2013

Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Education, visited Aston University Engineering Academy to meet with students and discover more about its innovative curriculum.

The £15.2m University Technical College allows students aged from 14 to 19 to specialise in engineering and science alongside core subjects in English, maths, languages and business.  The Academy, the first UTC to be sponsored by a University, is the first in the UK to deliver apprenticeships.

Based at Aston Science Park Birmingham and developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the Academy caters for up to 600 students. It offers students the opportunity to work with leading engineering firms and businesses, including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, National Grid, Eon and the Royal Air Force.

Chris Wormald had the opportunity to meet with the Principal, and other senior staff, visiting engineering, science and mathematics lessons to experience the applied active learning approaches of the UTC.

Lee Kilgour, Principal of the Aston University Engineering Academy, said the Academy’s aim was very much to develop a new generation of engineers and business leaders both locally and nationally.

“The UK is currently facing significant shortages of appropriately qualified engineers in the UK, and we need to bridge this skills gap,” he said.

“Our employer- led apprenticeship programmes will ensure young people are able to gain highly regarded, high quality technical qualifications while working with our range of sponsor companies to develop the skills they need for the workplace. We want to inspire the next generation of young men and women and ensure the UK has an engineering workforce capable of leading the world in current and emerging technologies.”

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For further information visit the Aston University Engineering Academy Website

For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk or 0121 204 4549