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Five new construction colleges set to attract young talent

Plans for five new technical colleges specialising in construction will bring “new blood” into the industry, training body CITB-ConstructionSkills said today.

Five new University Technical Colleges (UTCs), announced by the Government on Monday, will focus on teaching construction. The new construction-focused UTCs will be based in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, Burnley in Lancashire, Houghton Regis in central Bedfordshire, and Southwark and Greenwich in south London.

They will offer full time, technically-oriented courses supported by employers to 14-19 year old students. CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar said the colleged would “bring new blood into our industry”. CITB-ConstructionSkills will help UTCs develop relevant and robust curriculums for construction, he said.

“It’s important that a consistent approach to training and standards is agreed and that best practice is shared across colleges,” he said. “We also need to avoid at all costs the inclusion of construction programmes unless they are strictly demand driven.”

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