Plans have been approved by the government for a university technical college in Guildford for around 700 teenagers.
The bid to build the college, which is set to open in September 2017, was put together by a group including Surrey County Council, global information technology company CGI and Royal Holloway, University of London. Guildford College and Guildford Education Partnership were among the other backers.
More information about the college can be found on the county council’s website.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “This is great news for both employers and young people in Surrey and beyond, with the new college equipping teenagers with the skills they need to secure the jobs of the future.
“With the ever growing threats posed by cyber crime it will specialise in computer science and training the next generation of experts to protect businesses, government and the general public from attacks while also helping to ease the huge strain on school places in the county.”
Tim Gregory, President CGI UK, said: “We are delighted to support this initiative to develop and professionalise ICT skills in young people. As a major UK employer, we are keen to encourage the next generation of IT professionals.
“With the developments in technology driving a digitised world, and the need for key skills such as cyber security, there are so many exciting opportunities for the future and Guildford UTC will help to ensure that young people have the skills to become an essential part of the new digital economy.”
Professor Paul Hogg, Vice Principal and Dean of Science at Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “As the world celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in Runnymede, home to Royal Holloway, this year we are reminded of these modern threats to our freedom and personal liberty.
“At the new UTC, some of Royal Holloway’s brightest minds will inspire young people from across the UK, helping them to develop skills that will directly benefit the country as it faces these new and complex challenges.”