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Friday, 25 July 2014

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New employer partner for county’s UTC announced

CUMBRIA’S first University Technical College (UTC) has announced it will be working with a new employer partner.

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delight: UTC principal Gary Jones outside the new University Technical College building at Lillyhall

By Sarah Robinson

James Walker & Co will be supporting the curriculum and working alongside other partners at the new £10million development at Lillyhall.

The Energy Coast UTC is for students aged 14 to 18 who specialise in technical studies and are sponsored by universities. It will specialise in energy, engineering and construction.

Strategic partners Sellafield Ltd, Morgan Sindall, Iggesund Paperboard and James Walker & Co will be supporting the curriculum.

James Walker & Co is part of a privately owned, international manufacturing group specialising in fluid sealing technology. Its Cumbria base is in Cockermouth.

Mark Brook, supply chain director, said: “James Walker is committed to ongoing staff development and like many other large companies relies on a continuous stream of individuals with STEM qualifications.

“The company is keen to forge a strategic partnership with the Energy Coast UTC, as this is in line with our belief in developing engineering based skills in the local community. We can offer a wealth of experience and technical capabilities to the students, which will complement the engineering based studies undertaken at the UTC.”

Gary Jones, UTC principal and chief executive, said: “I am deligh-ted that James Walker are coming on board as one of our strategic employer partners. It is clearly evi-dent that, as a company, they have a major commitment to staff development as well as to offering opportunity within West Cumbria.

“The range of experience and technical capability offered will enable our students to experience first-hand the exciting opportuniti-es that exist within engineering.”

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