THE University Technical College Warrington is ‘one of the most exciting initiatives in UK education’, says the college’s new principal designate.

Catherine Collier, who will take up the post from September, will be tasked with leading the new UTCW, which will specialise in engineering and energy education and training for 14 to 19 year olds.

She said: “I am delighted to be appointed as principal designate of UTCW, which is one of the most exciting initiatives in UK education.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the young people of Warrington to work with major energy and engineering employers in the town.

“Engineering and energy are critical industries for Warrington and the north west as a whole - therefore we need to make sure we invest in our young people to secure the future of these industries.

“By providing an outstanding technical education experience that meets the needs of modern employers, we will be able to work with our students to ensure they make the move to higher education, apprenticeships or employment.”

Previously, Mrs Collier has taught in three high schools in Greater Manchester and is currently deputy head teacher at St Paul’s Catholic High School and Specialist Engineering College in Wythenshawe.

Prospective students and parents are invited to meet Mrs Collier and find out more about the UTCW on Thursday, July 24, at The Centre on Birchwood Park from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and 7pm to 8pm.