UTC Principal Designate Philip Morris will cut the first sod on September 15 on the site in Locomotive Way to mark the occasion. Contractors BAM Construct UK will build the £8 million centre which has been designed by Maber Architects.
The UTC will then open in September 2015 for the first intake of students in years 10 and 12 – providing young people with the skills needed in engineering and manufacturing, including the rail industry.
The UTC will have capacity for up to 600 young people aged 14 to 19. They will study core GCSEs, A-levels and engineering qualifications enhanced by project-based learning, work placements, employer site visits and industry expert lectures.
Derby Manufacturing UTC is a partnership between Derby College, the University of Derby, Rolls-Royce Plc, Bombardier, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, Derby City Council and a wide range of supply chain employers working in local manufacturing and engineering.
It is one of 50 new UTCs being developed across the country which are being developed to fill the skills gap in industry by training young engineers who have the talent and skills that employers need now and in the future.
Mr Morris said: “The ground breaking will be an important milestone for the Derby Manufacturing UTC and marks the 12 month countdown to the launch of this exciting new education facility in September 2015.”
Contractors BAM Construction, which has offices in Derby, has a long history of working in the East Midlands. The company has been awarded the construction contracts for 16 of the UTCs reflecting their proven ability to deliver these specialist buildings.
The contractor is also working on the £10.5 million Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology and recently completed the highly sustainable 202-bed Orchard Hotel for the University of Nottingham.