Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson has hailed the opening of the new Crewe Engineering & Design UTC.

The school aims to teach and develop a new generation of engineers, innovators, technicians and designers.

More than 200 students, governors, staff and employer partners were at the opening of the new facility, backed by major businesses such as Bentley Motors, Siemens, Air Products and Network Rail.

Crewe E&D UTC, supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, specialises in STEM subjects.

It is offering industry-oriented courses, and combines the National Curriculum, Technical Award Qualifications, work experience and business acumen to create routes into employment, apprenticeships or Higher Education.

Crewe Engineering & Design UTC were delighted to welcome local MP, Edward Timpson, and Councillor Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council, who were among the VIPs attending the opening of the school.

Mr Timpson said: “Crewe Engineering & Design UTC is a project I have invested a huge amount of time and effort campaigning for in Westminster.

“Meeting the students and staff has been thrilling.

“It’s great to see such a range of support from serious engineering firms with an interest in our area, and a genuine desire from them to develop and educate local talent that will work in their businesses in the years to come.

“I can’t wait to meet the UTC’s first graduates out in the workplace in the not too distant future!”


Cllr Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The UTC is a really exciting initiative and will be a flagship educational institution providing and nurturing the skills and experience of our young people for generations to come.

“The council is fully behind the UTC and we are supporting our partners to empower young people with the confidence and skills to match the needs of Cheshire East’s growing modern economy.

“The presence of a new engineering specialist college will be of great benefit to the town with the arrival of HS2 leading to more employment opportunities.”

David Terry, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC Principal, added: “This is a great moment for Crewe and for the young people in the area as our new and exciting UTC opens in the heart of the town.

“Through the commitment of the employers, the University and the UTC working in partnership, students will be exposed to a unique learning experience with an impressive range of engineering and design opportunities.”

The next Crewe UTC Open Day will be on November 17 from 5pm to 7pm in the Frances Webb Building.


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