Dawn of new era of learning in Burnley as university technical college opens (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Dawn of new era of learning in Burnley as university technical college opens
A NEW era in education is being launched today in Burnley as East Lancashire’s first university technical college opens its doors.
Workmen have been busy putting the finishing touches to the Visions Learning Trust, at the former Victoria Mill, in Trafalgar Street, all week.
And today, the first intake for the fledgling £10million venture, run by Training 2000, will step through the doors and take up a new-style timetable, and educational experience.
Principal Martin Callagher will be known as a managing director, and the students will adopt a working day more akin to the world of work, specialising in construction and engineering.
Interactive workbooks are the order of the day, instead of the traditional whiteboard for learners, who will join aged 14 and remain there until 19.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Mr Callagher said: “It’s important that we give the students more of a business environment than a traditional school layout.”
Last week, a new bridge over the canal, linking the college with a revamped Sandygate Square, was approved by councillors, despite concerns from English Heritage over the effect on nearby towpaths.
This month, including Burnley, there are 11 UTCs set to open, including two others in the North West, in Wigan and Liverpool.
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