£10m Technical college plan for Bolton

THE University of Bolton has announced plans to open a multimillion pound “tech college” for teenagers.

A bid for £10 million worth of funding has been made by the university to develop a University Technical College (UTC) for 14- to-19-year-olds at its campus. If successful, young people would be able to quit their current school and attend the UTC as early as September, 2014.

This would allow them to concentrate on training for specific jobs in industry — which the university says employers are finding hard to fill. UTCs are a new Government scheme to open 34 colleges across the country which specialise in technical studies and are sponsored by a university.

The University of Bolton has submitted its outline plans for a UTC and will hear early in the new year whether the bid is through to the next stage.

The university’s Vice Chancellor Dr George Holmes said: “Employers need young people with specific skills and it is these very work-focused skills that our UTC aims to address. The learning experience will provide direct entry to employment and higher education opportunities on graduation from the UTC.”

The university says there is a need for a UTC in the area to help tackle skills gap in engineering, manufacturing and medical technology.

Local and national employers have worked with the university to help shape the curriculum to ensure the students can meet the needs of modern industry.

Students at the UTC would combine the national curriculum with technical qualifications and practical experience, and employers would provide support and work experience.

The move comes as university is is in the process of making cuts after having millions wiped of its budget as student numbers fell by just under 200 this academic year.

This is being blamed on the rise in tuition fees and stricter controls on international students.

Final decisions on the UTC are expected in March and, if given the go-ahead, the university’s Holts Mill building would be redeveloped to house the UTC.

Building would be completed by July, 2014, and the college would be open to students in September, 2014.

The university wants student numbers to rise from 90 in the first year to an annual intake of 150 by 2017.

The £10 million cost of the building work and the annual £3 million for running the college would be met by the Government.

If the proposals go through to the next stage, the university will be inviting further support from the community and businesses.

 

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10:46am Mon 17 Dec 12

Tim Burr says...

They just flattened one on Manchester Road.
They just flattened one on Manchester Road. Tim Burr

11:25am Mon 17 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

I attended the (flattened one) Bolton Technical college in the 60s,day release while serving my apprenticeship.It was a fine institution.Maybe if it was still standing would it be worth investing more money in it?,we will never know now but I'm certain it wouldn't have needed 10 MIL.Not to sound negative BUT where are the decent paying jobs when these students graduate?I guess the new UTC will provide employment to tide things over IF they use (home grown workers)????????????
I attended the (flattened one) Bolton Technical college in the 60s,day release while serving my apprenticeship.It was a fine institution.Maybe if it was still standing would it be worth investing more money in it?,we will never know now but I'm certain it wouldn't have needed 10 MIL.Not to sound negative BUT where are the decent paying jobs when these students graduate?I guess the new UTC will provide employment to tide things over IF they use (home grown workers)???????????? boltonnut

2:54pm Mon 17 Dec 12

stantheman133 says...

They have flattened Manchester road, closed Horwich, now they want 10million to convert an old mill into one. Defies logic?.
They have flattened Manchester road, closed Horwich, now they want 10million to convert an old mill into one. Defies logic?. stantheman133

5:06pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Blyton says...

This idea has obviously not been developed by someone with any real business knowledge, or indeed education needs and provision knowledge. It must have been put forward by someone who wants to make a big name for themselves!

Mr Holmes didn't do well at Doncaster college I hear, or rather I read,in 'Private eye' also.So what is different with this proposal or his management of things?I have probably misunderstood and its an amazing, million trillion money making magic scheme, with keen as mustard, 16 year olds queueing up to study in the old Holts mill.

Bolton Institute of technology way back was a good education source, it became Bolton Institute of Higher ed, Degree awarding powers in, what 1992, an excellent place,then the University of Bolton, under MollieTemple, it was doing okay... UoB under Mr Holmes, well the reportage of the situation speaks for itself so far... expansion,buildings and projects in United Arab Emirates ,just when the Americans where closing top quality Universities in the very same place. It has been reported the University is losing money, hardly through fees and funding surely ? There have been rounds of staff cuts, and more currently, and then if this isnt age ism at work... advertising for 'new young blood academics' on less money and way more duties! So VC George/the management/ UoB, the exec, etc are struggling for money they...?? Hence they are having to make redundancies, no choice, they say, no money in the koffers they say, and are downgrading staff ( have the management had any big pay rises this year we all wonder...51% in three years to the top bods salaries and perks in the last 3 years it is suggested???)

So, good business sense at the forefront of this groundbreaking Bolton News story???I do not think so. Unless it involves the business model...
" do badly, lose money, sack folks, try and build your own 'reputation' and state you will build a tech college, when we dont need one,in a poorish town which had two previously ,and no one has any money to sustain such negative growth ideas!!" I wonder what that business model is called ?

Read Uniserfs2 ...brilliant, about a certain 'Northington University'.

I for one , hope his planning application is turned down and the council sees sense.
This idea has obviously not been developed by someone with any real business knowledge, or indeed education needs and provision knowledge. It must have been put forward by someone who wants to make a big name for themselves! Mr Holmes didn't do well at Doncaster college I hear, or rather I read,in 'Private eye' also.So what is different with this proposal or his management of things?I have probably misunderstood and its an amazing, million trillion money making magic scheme, with keen as mustard, 16 year olds queueing up to study in the old Holts mill. Bolton Institute of technology way back was a good education source, it became Bolton Institute of Higher ed, Degree awarding powers in, what 1992, an excellent place,then the University of Bolton, under MollieTemple, it was doing okay... UoB under Mr Holmes, well the reportage of the situation speaks for itself so far... expansion,buildings and projects in United Arab Emirates ,just when the Americans where closing top quality Universities in the very same place. It has been reported the University is losing money, hardly through fees and funding surely ? There have been rounds of staff cuts, and more currently, and then if this isnt age ism at work... advertising for 'new young blood academics' on less money and way more duties! So VC George/the management/ UoB, the exec, etc are struggling for money they...?? Hence they are having to make redundancies, no choice, they say, no money in the koffers they say, and are downgrading staff ( have the management had any big pay rises this year we all wonder...51% in three years to the top bods salaries and perks in the last 3 years it is suggested???) So, good business sense at the forefront of this groundbreaking Bolton News story???I do not think so. Unless it involves the business model... " do badly, lose money, sack folks, try and build your own 'reputation' and state you will build a tech college, when we dont need one,in a poorish town which had two previously ,and no one has any money to sustain such negative growth ideas!!" I wonder what that business model is called ? Read Uniserfs2 ...brilliant, about a certain 'Northington University'. I for one , hope his planning application is turned down and the council sees sense. Blyton

7:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

davoovad says...

Why dont they hang on for a couple of years, they'll be able to to move into the Bolton Uni building when they shut their doors.
Why dont they hang on for a couple of years, they'll be able to to move into the Bolton Uni building when they shut their doors. davoovad

8:40pm Mon 17 Dec 12

hatonfire says...

Tim Burr wrote:
They just flattened one on Manchester Road.
'They' have just flattened one.
No 'They' have not.
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: They just flattened one on Manchester Road.[/p][/quote]'They' have just flattened one. No 'They' have not. hatonfire

9:19pm Mon 17 Dec 12

hatonfire says...

This is only a bid from the UoB.
The report says that Uob have announced plans to open a 'Tech College' which gives the impression that it going ahead, far from it, it's a bit of sloppy reporting.
Bolton Uni. will be very lucky if they are successful with the bid but heaven knows they should be.
Bolton was at the heart of the industrial revolution not just with cotton spinning but also engineering and I think it's true to say that the town's folk didn't really enjoy the benefits.
Whoever decides if the bid is successful or not should have in mind the part Bolton played in creating wealth for the country over two hundred years ago. It will also be a boost for the Uni. and help the town gain a reputation as a learning centre.
If successful the cost will be met by central government.

For decades now, towns like Bolton have been overlooked and the North/South divide is more evident that ever. I shall look-out for the result next March.

PS, I notice that people want this bid to fail, Blyton saying that they hope the planning application is turned down and the council see's sence, also questioning the cost.
Clearly Blyton hasn't read the report (sloppy as is may be). This is not a planning matter and as I say the cost will be met from the national pot. But hey, so what just criticize Bolton.
This is only a bid from the UoB. The report says that Uob have announced plans to open a 'Tech College' which gives the impression that it going ahead, far from it, it's a bit of sloppy reporting. Bolton Uni. will be very lucky if they are successful with the bid but heaven knows they should be. Bolton was at the heart of the industrial revolution not just with cotton spinning but also engineering and I think it's true to say that the town's folk didn't really enjoy the benefits. Whoever decides if the bid is successful or not should have in mind the part Bolton played in creating wealth for the country over two hundred years ago. It will also be a boost for the Uni. and help the town gain a reputation as a learning centre. If successful the cost will be met by central government. For decades now, towns like Bolton have been overlooked and the North/South divide is more evident that ever. I shall look-out for the result next March. PS, I notice that people want this bid to fail, Blyton saying that they hope the planning application is turned down and the council see's sence, also questioning the cost. Clearly Blyton hasn't read the report (sloppy as is may be). This is not a planning matter and as I say the cost will be met from the national pot. But hey, so what just criticize Bolton. hatonfire

1:28am Tue 18 Dec 12

wild one says...

hatonfire wrote:
Tim Burr wrote:
They just flattened one on Manchester Road.
'They' have just flattened one.
No 'They' have not.
yes they have...Dumbo?
[quote][p][bold]hatonfire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: They just flattened one on Manchester Road.[/p][/quote]'They' have just flattened one. No 'They' have not.[/p][/quote]yes they have...Dumbo? wild one

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