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UCU warns against expansion of university technical colleges

11 October 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU today (Tuesday) said government plans for an expansion of university technical colleges would see young people being channelled into academic or vocational paths at too early an age.

Commenting on the government's plans to increase the number of UTCs, UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said:

'University technical colleges may sound great on paper but we risk creating a system where young people, typically from working-class backgrounds, are channelled in to vocational subjects and their wealthier contemporaries are encouraged to pursue academic paths.

'University technical colleges are likely to offer similar courses and curriculum to further education colleges and we may see ever decreasing funding diverted to the new projects with considerable costs to colleges currently providing key vocational skills.'