In a visit to Cambridge Regional College, he said it was a
"fantastic project" and would be a huge benefit to Cambridge and
the surrounding area.
The minister was at the college to meet partners and sponsors of
the innovative UTC, a new centre of excellence for biomedical and
environmental science and technology which will open its doors to
14 to 19 year-olds in September 2014.
He said he was very impressed with the businesses and
organisations behind the new college, the result of a partnership
between Cambridge Regional College and Cambridge University Health
Partners, and backed by leading organisations including Napp
Pharmaceuticals, the Medical Research Council and the Babraham
"I think this is a fantastic project and I am really impressed
with the number of groups who have come together in the local area
to make it a reality," he said.
"This is a great example of co-operation. Young people in the
area will have new high quality and vocational routes which would
not be available to them if it were not for the UTC. It will be a
huge benefit to Cambridge and the surrounding area."
The UTC, which will eventually be home to 670 14 to 19
year-olds, will be based in Cambridge, with a wide catchment area
from across the region. It will specialise in teaching biomedical
and environmental science and technology - addressing a key
specialist skills need in Cambridgeshire.