(Above: artistic impression of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC)
Construction of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College (UTC) has begun on the new site at Ebury Bridge, just a 5 minute walk from Victoria station.
From September 2017, this world-class facility will offer ambitious, high achieving 14 to 18-year-olds an entirely new educational opportunity. It will uniquely integrate excellent academic, technical and practical learning in a state-of-the-art environment where students can work directly with industry giants such as Network Rail, Transport for London, Crossrail, Alstom, BT Fleet, Land Securities and Sir Robert McAlpine.
To mark this stage of construction, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster and Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Cllr The Lady Flight led the breaking-ground event, turning over the ceremonial first shovel of earth on the construction site. Cllr Flight was joined by Westminster UTC partners including the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, University of Westminster, Network Rail and Westminster City Council.
Bill Templeton, Apprentice Development Manager, Network Rail, said: “We are excited to partner with the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC to produce excellent young professionals and address the shortage of young people coming through schools with the skills the transport engineering and construction industries are crying out for.”
Over 130,000 new jobs in London in the next 20 years will require engineers, technicians and project managers with the aptitude to think independently, use newer technologies and work in multidisciplinary teams.
(Above: breaking-ground on the new site for the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC at Ebury Bridge*)
The Principal Designate, Karen Barker, said: “Our students will confidently step forwards into employment, higher or further education and apprenticeships, equipped with the skills the transport engineering and construction industry needs.”
A priority for Karen will be to encourage diversity and especially to attract young women into the engineering professions, she said: “I’m driven by a passion for science and engineering and a desire to open up opportunities for both girls and boys. Engineering is a diverse, modern profession where hard-working young people will enjoy the stretch and challenge of making the world a better place.”
Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and former partner of Sir Simon Milton, said: “Work beginning on this life changing new educational establishment in the heart of Westminster is a very proud moment for everyone who has been involved in getting it off the ground. The ethos behind it comes from Sir Simon’s own pioneering ‘One City’ vision to provide young people with the opportunities to help them make the best of their lives and talents and to realise their true potential and be successful in life. We very much look forward to welcoming the first pupils when the doors open next year.”
Applications open in September 2016. If you are a student, or parent or carer and you want to find out more about the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC please contact Dee Burn at D.Burn@westminster.ac.uk or on 020 3506 9277.
*Pictured above on the new site for the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC, from left to right: Evelyne Rugg, Chairman and Trustee Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC Trust, Professor Geoff Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Westminster, The former Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr The Lady Flight, a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, a Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and former partner of Sir Simon Milton, Karen Barker, Principal Designate, Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC and Bill Templeton, Apprentice Development Manager, Network Rail.