Brand new university technical college, ELUtec, to open in Rainham

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On 29th May the Department for Education approved plans to build a brand new college for 600 pupils in Rainham in 2013.

The new college will be named the EastLondonUniversityTechnicalCollege (ELUtec) and the facility will offer academic and vocational training, in an attempt to address the nationwide shortage of engineering talent and trades for our youth.

Ford and Network Rail, as well as University College London, LoughboroughUniversity and the Prospect Learning Foundation are all partners of ELUtec.

It will take in students from Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge and Thurrock.

To better prepare students for work after education they will be required to wear ‘business attire' rather than a uniform.

CEME chief executive, Bill Williams, said: "We believe that the formation of ELUtec represents a revolutionary new approach to solving the skills shortage affecting industry in the UK which is hampering economic growth."

"Under the ELUtec programme youngsters who have an interest in the engineering and manufacturing professions will learn key skills under expert supervision using the best available equipment."

He added: "We will be providing these boys and girls with a gateway to apprenticeships, to good job prospects and careers by providing them with a realistic introduction to the world of work."

Alexander Armstrong, chairman of the Havering Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news saying:

"I think it's marvellous."

"It can only be a great thing for the area as it encourages youngsters to learn more skills."

Schools Minister, Lord Hill, said: "Right around the country there is a lot of enthusiasm from employers, universities, pupils and parents for high quality rigorous technical education."

"They provide more choice for children as well as helping provide the kind of highly skilled technicians our economy needs."