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Meet the Principal of new University Technical College Warrington (UTCW)

July 7, 2014

The University Technical College Warrington (UTCW) has announced the appointment of Catherine Collier as Principal Designate.

She will take up the post, leading the new UTCW which will specialise in engineering and energy education and training for 14 to 19 year olds, from September 2014.

Catherine was born in Manchester and holds a degree in European Business Administration. After working in a number of businesses for several years, specialising in staff training and development and Apprenticeships, Catherine taught at three Further Education colleges in the North West. She was a member of the 14-19 Team at Salford Children’s Services, working on the Diplomas with a focus on employer engagement.

Catherine has taught in three high schools in Greater Manchester and is currently Deputy Headteacher at St Paul’s Catholic High School and Specialist Engineering College in Wythenshawe.

Catherine said: "I am delighted to be appointed as Principal Designate of UTCW, which is one of the most exciting initiatives in UK education.  I am particularly looking forward to meeting the potential students and their parents/carers to share with them the vision we have. This is an outstanding opportunity for the young people of Warrington to work with major energy and engineering employers in the town, for example, Sellafield Ltd, AMEC, Boulting, Tenet Consultants, Nuvia, Atkins and Flamefast to name a few.

“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.”

Two events are planned this month where young people, parents/carers and the wider community can meet Catherine and find out more about UTCW.

Monday 4th July, 5. 30– 6.30pm and 7.00 – 8.00pm Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road, WA2 7NE

Thursday 24th July, 5. 30– 6.30pm and 7.00 – 8.00pm: The Centre, Birchwood Park, WA3 6YN.

The UTCW is sponsored by the University of Chester in partnership with Warrington Borough Council and local and regional employers.

Information and the consultation survey is also available online www.utcwarrington.org and by contacting 01925 534330.

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