Bromley is in line for a “new type” of secondary technical school after the government gave its approval for a collaborative scheme.

Bromley College has had approval to open a new technical college in 2016, said to be the first in the borough and the only one in London and Kent to specialise in health and wellbeing sciences.

The University Technical College (UTC) is one of seven announced across the country and has backing from a number of education and healthcare providers.

A joint venture between Bromley College, Canterbury Christ Church University, and King’s College Hospital, those behind the project say it will offer a clear career path for 14-19 year-olds.

Principal Sam Parrett said: “We are delighted that our application to open a new UTC in Health and Wellbeing Sciences in Bromley has been approved.

“Our vision is to provide outstanding vocational education and train our students for careers in the health and wellbeing science sectors with direct input and support from employers in the industry.”

UTC is also supported by employers at Oxleas NHS Trust, Nuffield Health, and Mytime Active, with backers suggesting the sector is “essential to the future economy of London”.

Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust Lord Baker said: “Developing and nurturing an ambitious and capable future workforce is vital to the success of our economy. UTCs make sense and work for employers, universities and, most importantly, young people.”

The college’s courses will include the likes of genetics and genetic engineering, microbiological techniques, and sports biomechanics and nutrition.

Executive member for education at Bromley Council Stephen Wells said: “This new UTC will further extend Bromley’s vibrant and innovative education environment to help our young people learn and find employment in the borough.”

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