PROPOSALS for a new technical college specialising in engineering studies in Birkenhead have been approved by the Government.
The Birkenhead UTC will be led by Birkenhead shipbuilder Cammell Laird, supported by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University and is a partnership with Mersey Maritime Group and Wirral Met College.
It is expected to open in the next two years.
University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education, intended to offer 14 to 19 year-olds the opportunity to have a highly regarded yet technically-oriented education.
John Syvret, chief executive of Cammell Lair, said: "Cammell Laird and its supply chain have a great need for highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians.
"The UTC will provide a world class facility to develop this homegrown talent, not only satisfying the opportunities in the North West but it playing a pivotal role in addressing the nation's skills gap, whilst promoting a passion for engineering, manufacturing and science."
Companies backing the project include Peel Ports, CSAV Ltd, Land & Marine and Bibby Maritime.
The aim is for Birkenhead students to take part in "challenging" practical projects set in an industrial context.
The Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT) has been working with the Department for Education for the last four years to develop a national network of UTCs.
The 15 new UTCs will bring the total number to 34, with more expected to be announced later this year.
Supporters hope they will address a skills gap and provide a consistent supply of new talent to engineering and manufacturing firms.