“I can visualise the kids here already’: Inside Aylesbury’s new £10m University Technical College

Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - pictured is principal Bev Flanagan
Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - pictured is principal Bev Flanagan
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It is now just 15 weeks until Bucks University Technical College opens and principal Beverley Flanagan is buzzing with excitement.

The pioneering £10 million technical college is in place with only work on the inside left to be finished.

Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - pictured is principal Bev Flanagan

Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - pictured is principal Bev Flanagan

The technical college, one of 12 planned across the country for 14 to 19 year olds, has a similar design to award-winning Aylesbury College next door.

Mrs Flanagan said: “Everytime I come here something else has happened, it’s all really exciting.

“Everything is on schedule. It looks great. The students will benefit from this lovely, open planned and positive environment.

“I can visualise the kids here already. Even before the building was here I could visualise what it would be like. They would be here in their business suits.”

Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - with principal Bev Flanagan

Tour of the new Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) in Oxford Road, Aylesbury - with principal Bev Flanagan

The technical college specialises in ICT and construction while working alongside partners such as high-tech firm Cisco and developers Taylor Wimpey.

Mrs Flanagan said they have already signed 22 employers to run projects for the students on site. Projects include everything from creating apps for Blackberry to conservation work on the church at Hartwell House.

“Students will be working on a project from day one,” Mrs Flanagan said.

“The employers have really bought into the idea. This is what they want in the curriculum.

“This is the skills they need from young people, there’s apprenticeships, progression, job opportunities.

“For a young person there’s almost a guarantee of a future.

“They will be able to prove themselves in front of employers.”

Equipment is currently being installed in the building and Mrs Flanagan said students have relished visiting the site of where their future prospects lie.

She added: “This to me represents a workplace, there’s no school feel to it.”