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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:35 am, 28th February 2013

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. I should like to say that we could find time for a debate soon, but we may not be able to do so, although I am sure that the issues that he has raised would be relevant to questions to the Secretaries of State for Education and for Business, Innovation and Skills.

My hon. Friend’s question had a certain resonance for me, because only last Friday I was standing on the site in Cambridge where a university technical college is to be established. It will focus on the provision of technical training for young people who will work in life sciences around Cambridge. The crucial aspect of such education is that it is directed to the needs of employers in an area, and enables young people to feel confident that the training they receive will enable them to find jobs quickly.

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Hugh Bramwell
Posted on 5 Mar 2013 7:58 am (Report this annotation)

The formation of UTC's may well have a place in the UK education system, only time will tell on that issue, however the debate on their usefulness also needs extending to take account of what already exists in the local area of any proposed UTC. As tax payers we deserve to fully appreciate how and why monies spent by government create best value and not squandered through duplicating provision in the name of choice. There are a number of questionable UTC locations and clearly research on the location of UTC’s is not working in some cases. The Burnley UTC is less than 1 mile from the local college which is classed as Outstanding and ALL the UTC provision is already offered by the local College! We are told the UTC will recruit across Lancashire and yet Lancashire has the highest instances of Outstanding Colleges in England most offering just what the UTC proposes to bring.