10 October 2011

Education bosses at Northamptonshire County Council have warmly welcomed the government’s expected announcement to place a flagship University Technology College at Silverstone.

The county council played a pivotal role in securing the new college with work including a special meeting between county cabinet members and the national pioneer of the scheme and former education secretary Lord Baker to argue for a college at Silverstone.

Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: “This decision is an immediate payback for our confidence in Silverstone itself. There is little doubt that had the county council not decided to invest in Silverstone 18 months ago we would not have been having the announcement of a Silverstone UTC today.

“It is clearly wonderful news for Northamptonshire. Having the right skills available in the county is crucial to our economic growth and our ability to retain and attract employers and the announcement we are expecting today really underlines our status as being a global centre for motorsports.

“The fact that once again the government has chosen Northamptonshire as a venue for one of its flagship schemes just shows the confidence they have in our county and the opportunities this will provide our young people is hard to over-state. This is truly excellent news.”

Cllr Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills hailed the announcement as a further boost to the county’s education system while at the same time laying important foundations for the county’s prosperity.

Cllr Grant said: “Quite simply this is excellent news not only for the county but also for the country. This underlines the excellent work which is putting Northamptonshire firmly on the map.

“Silverstone is well known across the world as being a global centre for motorsports and here is an opportunity for local young people to get the most out of having such an iconic venue on its doorstep which will be offering excellent educational opportunities.”