Specialism: Computer Science, Engineering
Date of opening: September 2014
The Leigh UTC, a University Technical College for Dartford will provide an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum throughout Key Stage 4, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment.
The project-based approach will develop a deeper understanding of real issues and create lifelong real world learning in a 21st century engineering society. Students will work independently and collaboratively tackling engineering, ICT and business problems.
"The benefits of the University Technical College would give young people the opportunity to develop their skills and gain further qualifications (supported by local employers). It would provide an integrated approach within local businesses and provides a technical and academic basis for learning." Tim Hollands
Property Manager, Bluewater
"I would like to take this opportunity to re-emphasise our commitment to help and support the UTC bid." Chris Thompson
Engineering Training Manager, Eurostar International Ltd
“It’s great that work on the Leigh UTC has started. The building at The Bridge will provide a valuable educational facility specialising in engineering and computer sciences. It will engage with businesses, the local community and those further afield.” Graham Harris
CEO, Dartford Borough Council
"CSB Logistics recognises the importance of the contribution by business to the community and in particular in education. It recognises its responsibility to communicate the gaps and needs of business both now and in the future and through its engagement with education lend its support to the future success of young people.
"Having identified the innovative style of UTCs and its close partnership with business, also its high standard of practical and relevant education, we are particularly pleased to be able to support the Leigh UTC and its work in creating the young engineers that our country needs in the future.
"During our involvement from the start, we have been given the opportunity to engage at all levels in the development of the Leigh UTC and we look forward to our continued participation in helping to deliver an education for young people that will not only increase their opportunity for work but enable them to pursue a valuable career that will enhance not only their own personal well-being but that of the nation." Clive Barker
Chairman, CSB Logistics
"Kenard Engineering has been delighted to have been so closely involved with the creation, design and development of The Leigh UTC. We firmly believe that this project will provide a solid foundation for creating the engineers of the future. I am pleased to confirm our total support for both the designs of the building and the education brief that has been developed for this UTC." Keith Ellis
Managing Director, Kenard Engineering Co Ltd