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New Heathrow Aviation College aims to fill skills gap
A SHORTAGE of technicians and engineers nationally has prompted the creation of a Heathrow university technical college, which now has planning permission.
In response to growing demands from the aviation industry, the £10m Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC will be built on the site of the existing Northwood School, off Potter Street, with natural light maximised and rainwater collected to flush toilets.
Major contractor BAM Construction, hopes to reduce carbon emissions by 25%.
The UTC partnership brings together, Brunel University, Uxbridge College, Hillingdon Council, QED Academy Trust and major local employers British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow Airport Ltd and RAF Northolt.
The UTC will hope to educate 600-800 students aged 14-19 who will gain work-related learning skills and experience to improve their employability in the engineering sector.
UTCs are distinct in that they must be sponsored by a university and local employers.
Students will experience a working day of 8.30am-5.30pm, spending two days a week on practical work and three on academic study.
At least one technical specialism will be offered alongside the key GCSEs in English, maths and science, as well as a foreign language, humanities, finance, business, entrepreneurial and employability skills.
For more information on the UTC and how to apply call 01923 825884, email email@example.com or visit www.heathrow-utc.org