Specialism: Computer science | Travel and tourism | Hospitality | Event management
Date of opening: September 2014
The Watford UTC will offer full-time technically-oriented courses to 600 students aged 14-19. A broad range of courses will have a special focus on the technical skills, trades and technologies that support the computer and digital communication industries, hospitality and tourism. These are vibrant industries that face an acute skills shortage and the UTC will offer a fantastic opportunity to students who are searching for quality vocational education. The UTC's two specialisms will be Computer Science, Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management.
Communication binds our two specialisms together. Digital communication is at the heart of computer science and communicating with people drives the hospitality and tourism industries.
The Watford UTC has been set up by The Meller Educational Trust, which has already set up and improved many schools in the area including Harefield Academy, Bushey Academy, The Elstree UTC and Hertswood Academy.
I hold a strong conviction that the UTC meets a demand and fills a significant gap between education and the world of work.Justin Harling
MD, CAE Technologies
The UTC recognises the huge value of practical learning as a way of nurturing best practice and providing young people with the opportunities to maximise their potential in a way that traditional schooling is perhaps not always able to adhere to.Katrina Jones
Vice President, Hilton Worldwide
We need to attract and develop talent in our local area that can help the Club and local businesses grow.Chris Pope
Watford Football Club