Search

Consultation to be launched for new Rainham technical college Elutec

10:26 27 February 2013

The CEME centre in Rainham

The CEME centre in Rainham

Archant

Views are being sought over a new educational facility planned for Rainham.

A new East London University Technical College (Elutec) is planned to open in 2014.

On Monday its backers are launching a formal consultation, a legal hurdle it has to pass before it can open.

Every head teacher of every school and college in Havering and five other local authorities will be surveyed, along with MPs, prospective students and other interested parties.

Elutec will be based at Ceme in Marsh Way, Rainham, and is backed by that centre as well as University College London, Ford and the Prospects Learning Foundation.

Bill Williams, chairman of Elutec and chief executive of Ceme, said: “The opening of Elutec will bring a fantastic new education offering for young people who enjoy design, engineering and technology.

“Through its close links with leading industrial and employer partners Elutec will provide its students with unprecedented opportunities.”

University technical colleges are academies for 14 to 19-year-olds which focus on providing an education that offers skills for industry.

Elutec plans to take in around 450 students from Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Thurrock, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

A new shuttle bus will be run for students from Rainham train station to the campus.

Alex Armstrong, chairman of the Havering Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber “fully supports this venture”. He added: “I think it will be a great success.”

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas said: “Using institutions such as the new ELUtec to promote industry in the area is a great first step in tackling unemployment.

“The new technical college in Rainham will help ensure young people are equipped with the necessary skills to work at the highest level.

“By bringing together experts from business, academia and engineering the institute has the potential to pave the way into apprenticeships for many local youngsters.”

In the consultation document Jenny Ball, HR director of Ford, said: “Ford very strongly supports the principle of the University Technical College. We believe this will inspire and enable the next generation into achieving engineering excellence.”

The consultation begins on March 4 and ends on April 12.

For more information visit: www.elutec.co.uk.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 22:29
A portrait of Hayley Anderson (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Gemma Collins has walked out of the I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! jungle - Hayley Anderson asks - are we surprised?

Yesterday, 15:00
Musk turtles sold by Tisburys Aquatic Centre

They inspire terror in wayward ducklings, are a menace for anglers and can live for decades. What’s more they’ve made Havering home.

Yesterday, 12:00
Performing arts teacher Elaine Spires, at the Stages Studio, The Mercury, Mercury Gardens, Romford,

She’s an author, a screen writer, an actress, a performing arts teacher, a playwright and now the director of this year’s pantomime at the Brookside Theatre in Romford.

Fri, 18:28
Do you recognise this man?

This man is wanted for questioning by police in connection with two robberies in Romford town centre.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.