Thursday, 12 February 2015

Stephen Metcalfe MP asks for support for Engineering University Technical College for Basildon and gets it!

Stephen Metcalfe, the local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has today secured a meeting to begin discussions over the potential development of a new University Technical College for Basildon.

Stephen Metcalfe, rising in Parliament today, asked the Minister for Skills and Equalities, for support in exploring the “possibility of establishing a university technical college (UTC) specialising in engineering in Basildon to meet our local needs and to encourage and enthuse young people to look at engineering as a valued career.”

Stephen Metcalfe’s calls were met with enthusiasm in the Commons by the Minister, and as a result the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has agreed to meet with the local MP to discuss how his idea might be implemented.

Stephen Metcalfe commented: “I am so pleased to have been able to secure this meeting for the local area.”

“This country is going to have a huge demand for engineers over the next few decades, and I want Basildon and Thurrock to be able to play a leading role in this fulfilling this need.”

“There are so many talented young people in the area, and I believe that the development of a new University Technical College will help inspire many of them to pursue a career in engineering”.

“The Baker Dearing Educational Trust have done a fantastic job at promoting University Technical Colleges around the country, and I want to secure the same benefits for the people of Basildon and Thurrock”. 

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