Fifteen new university technical colleges (UTCs) have been approved to open in 2013 and 2014.
The new projects are backed by around 200 local and national employers relevant to each college’s specialism.
The colleges include MediaCityUK UTC in Salford, which will specialise in skills linked to the creative and digital industries, catering for 720 pupils. Meanwhile, Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC will teach aviation engineering, accommodating 600 students.
The projects join 17 UTCs that are already in the pipeline to open this September or next year. Two UTCs are already open – the JCB Academy in Staffordshire, and the Black Country UTC in Walsall.
UTCs are academies for 14-19 year-olds that aim to provide technical education that meets the needs of modern business. Pupils choose to go to them at ages 14 or 16. All UTCs are sponsored by a local university and employers.
Schools minister Lord Hill said: ”I am very pleased to be announcing another wave of strong UTC proposals. Right around the country there is a lot of enthusiasm from employers, universities, pupils and parents for high quality rigorous technical education.
“They provide more choice for children as well as helping provide the kind of highly skilled technicians our economy needs. The response from employers to UTCs speaks for itself.”