Cheshire East Council’s Support for Crewe E&D UTC
Outstanding provision to meet the needs of young people in Cheshire East
Cheshire East Council has been fully committed over recent years to establishing a UTC in the Borough and it is hugely enthusiastic to see the current momentum in the project which will see this new and exciting education institution open in September 2016. The Educational Board and its partnership of 152 Schools are strong and promote a wide range of educational institutions including Academies, Free Schools and Studio Schools. Such diversity provides young people at both 14 and 16 with the opportunities to consider an increasing range of choices and the opening of the UTC will significantly add to this offer. With the ever increasing diversity of employment options and the need to promote young people with flair, ambition and high level skills to meet the needs of our economic future, the UTC in Crewe will be a flagship establishment to meet this demand and more.
Cheshire East is very proud of its educational achievements at all phases of learning. The Council ranks very highly against all Authorities nationally for its outcomes at the end of both primary and secondary education. In addition, nearly 95% of our 152 schools are judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Its 0-25 strategy has a very strong emphasis on the skills agenda and promoting the strongest links with employers and business. Such achievements and positive outcomes are excellent with the Council striving as hard as ever to secure the best outcomes for every learner. Having specialist provision such as that available through the UTC programme can only further enhance the offer and opportunities available to our young people.
The location of the UTC in Crewe is vital. Crewe is in an exciting transformational phase with significant investment into the town through its business infrastructure, enhanced leisure facilities and improving communication links to all parts of the country. The UTC will offer the local population a new, innovative and inspiring educational provision, offering excellent facilities and practical, skills based learning to equip the young people to successfully progress on their learning pathways.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Lead Member for Children & Family Services states that ‘seeing young people working hand in hand with local businesses and employers to develop highly effective skills, knowledge and competencies will bring real benefits. Not only will the young people themselves be maximising their potential as learners but we will be helping to source and support the workforce of the future with highly skilled, ambitious and inspired talent which employers will want to recruit’.
The educational outcomes and opportunities for young people can only be improved with the opening of the UTC in Crewe. The Council sees this exciting project as another key milestone in maintaining Cheshire East as the leading Authority in the North West. This is a great place to live and learn and the Council fully believes that the UTC will become a leading institution and a beacon of excellence for all its learners.