Career-minded teens all set for new venture at tech college

Work starts on the new University Technical College in Aylesbury - pictured with a model of the building is principal Bev Flanagan and some of the first students to sign up - l-r is Bev Flanagan, Harry Evans, Darryn Green, Jack Leigh, Carissa Green, Andrew McGoldrick and Max Summerbell
Work starts on the new University Technical College in Aylesbury - pictured with a model of the building is principal Bev Flanagan and some of the first students to sign up - l-r is Bev Flanagan, Harry Evans, Darryn Green, Jack Leigh, Carissa Green, Andrew McGoldrick and Max Summerbell

A new technical college has signed up its first students for when doors open in 2013 – and they are raring to go.

The Bucks University Technical College specialises in ICT and construction studies for 14 to 18 year olds and will work with high profile partners such as Taylor Wimpey, ESRI and Cisco.

Darryn Green, 16, has opted to leave Princes Risborough school next year to study ICT at the £10.3 million college, where students will study from 8am to 5pm, with a workmanlike approach.

He said: “I’m quite excited about going. They have got all the latest technology.

“All the other colleges you go once, twice or three times a week.

“You need to get used to being in a job.

“You want to get it [work] done and to get it done well, because it affects your whole life, really. I just thought it was a really good idea.”

The college has signed up 21 students now and Darryn, whose twin sister, Carissa, is going to study design at the college, said he hopes to forge a career as an IT technician or as a games designer.

The Princes Risborough school student’s thoughts are mirrored by 13-year-old Harry Evans, who is leaving the Grange school next year to study engineering.

Harry said: “I don’t know what I’m going to do in later life. This could give me somewhere to go.”

The Grange student is hopeful that through working on projects with Taylor Wimpey he may be hired by the company when studies finish.

“I prefer hands-on stuff, I love building things. I will miss my friends but I am going to make new friends at the UTC.”

Building work has now begun on the site located next to Aylesbury College and Harry said he could not wait to get started.

“It’s going to give me a whole lot more opportunities.

“The work experience days will give me the chance to go on site with Taylor Wimpey.

“With a whole working day it means I get used to it quicker [for later life].”

Harry’s father, Phil, emphasised his son’s eagerness to get his career started.

“He wants it to happen tomorrow. I’m quite excited for him. It was never around when I was his age. It’s almost an early apprenticeship.”

Tech college facts:

HOW MUCH?

When completed the college will cost £10.4 million.

HOW MANY STAFF?

The college will employ 40 staff and principal Bev Flanagan, who has been in the post for three months, is currently interviewing for her vice-principal.

CAPACITY?

The college will hold 600 students when it is hits maximum capacity in 2016.

FLAGSHIP?

It is one of the first university technical colleges to be introduced this year.

SIZE?

The new building will be linked to Aylesbury College and measure 5,000 sq metres.

WORK EXPERIENCE?

Students will work with bodies such as ESRIand the National Trust on various projects for six to eight weeks.