Have your say on Wigan Uni

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TODAY is the last day you can have your say on the proposal to open a University Technical College in Wigan.

Consultation on the proposal is drawing to a close but residents across the borough can still have their say by filling in a questionnaire online or by attending a public meeting at Wigan Investment Centre on this evening (Thurs)at 7pm.

A series of roadshows have been held across Wigan, Leigh, St Helens and Chorley to raise awareness.

Backed by Wigan based multi-millionaire businessman, Martin Ainscough, with support by sponsors at Wigan and Leigh College and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the new Wigan UTC aims to blend a modern day curriculum, with a greater emphasis on work placement and state-of-the-art facilities.

Aimed at 14 -19 year olds, each student will have their own individual learning plan covering a full range of academic and vocational qualifications.

The UTC will specialise in “process engineering and environmental technology” and have a strong focus on work-based learning and entrepreneurship. Core hours for the UTC will also operate business hours rather than school hours.

Students will also be encouraged to support charities, fund raising activities and take part in voluntary work.

Martin Ainscough, said: “We’ve been out and about talking to people across the borough and people have been very positive about the proposals.

“People have been especially keen that the idea of creating the entrepreneurs of the future is so high on the UTC agenda.”

A site on New Market Street, near Wigan and Leigh College (Parson’s Walk), has been provisionally identified as a potential site for the UTC which will accommodate 500 students and is proposed to open in 2013.

Wigan UTC’s specialisms have been chosen specifically to support the regional economy and enhance future job prospects of students.

For more information and to fill in a consultation questionnaire online visit www.wiganutc.co.uk.