An expanding technical college is going global after joining forces with two colleges in China.
Silverstone University Technical College (UTC) welcomed a delegation from the city of Shenyang last week, giving them a guided tour of the circuit, the college workshops and introducing them to students who are studying high performance engineering and hospitality.
The college has just announced it will be going 38.5 per cent beyond its original capacity this September with 138 Year 10 students from 210 applicants, and 150 Year 12 students from 189 applicants. That will bring the total numbers to nearly 450 students.
Two separate agreements were signed between the UTC and Shenyang Technicians College and Shenyang Equipment Manufacturing Engineering School, which are expected to benefit students from all three colleges. Gifts were exchanged.
The connection with Shenyang was made via South Northants Council (SNC) chief executive Sue Smith who has visited China for many years, forging business links and absorbing the culture.
Mrs Smith said: “All three are schools that have an emphasis on engineering, hence the cooperation agreements, which will enable shared learning along with staff and student exchanges.
“The reason these colleges in particular are being joined up is because I have had links with the city of Shenyang for 12 years and have recently visited both the colleges in China.”
Neil Patterson, principal of Silverstone UTC said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome our visitors from China, and share something of how the UK is leading the way in technical education through the UTC movement, and how Silverstone UTC in particular is readying a whole new cohort of high-performing young people to join the ranks of highly-skilled engineers for the region.
“I’m looking forward to sharing best-practice with the technical colleges in Shenyang, and we hope to organise an exchange trip for our students.”