University Technical College to offer high quality skills training in Watford
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The Watford UTC – Information Event This Sunday

Over the last 18 months I have been working with the Meller Educational Trust, who are behind the transformation of Bushey Academy, and the Department of Education, to secure a University Technical College for Watford students.

The UTC is now open to applications from students currently in Y9 or Y11, and ready to begin in September 2014 when the UTC will open. More information is available at or at the Information Event being held this Sunday at the Hilton Hotel in Watford between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
UTCs offer a unique way of learning as local employers help shape the curriculum for specialist courses. This ensures that students have practical and more relevant knowledge of industry and stand a much greater chance of securing a job.
Here in Watford, local employers such as Hilton Hotels and The Grove will help shape what students learn when they study Hospitality, Tourism or Event Management, making sure it is relevant to the workplace. These local employers will also offer work experience placements and mentoring, so that students from the UTC are much more prepared for life after school.

The Watford UTC will also specialise in computer science, working with companies such as Watford’s Twin Technology, CAE Technologies, Cisco and Toshiba to deliver this course. Students entering Year 10 in September 2014 will study core subjects in addition to their chosen specialist courses.

I believe this is a great opportunity for Watford pupils and would encourage anyone interested to find out a bit more. Please do come along to the Information Event this Sunday, or for details on how to apply please email

Kind regards

Richard Harrington MP
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