Bedford College is set to open a technical academy - taking on youngsters as young as 13.
Education chiefs at the college are planning to open the facility - which will serve 13-19 year olds who want careers in science, service and creative industries.
Ian Pryce, principal of Bedford College, said: “We are in a global economy where business, manufacturing and services can be sourced from anywhere in the world, and our young people have to be trained to compete.
“Even in those areas where people cannot be replaced by computers, staff need to be able to master and manage technology.”
He added: “We do not shy away from challenges because they are difficult, our job is to shape a future for the young people of Bedfordshire and their families.
“We respond to public demand and this evidenced by the number of parents and students who want to take up the educational opportunities we have made available.”
“Without the right training, young people will face a future of poorly paid employment and all that means for them and their community. We must focus on technology, technology, technology.”
As well as taking young students from mainstream education to join the more vocation courses, Bedford College has already opened a dedicated sixth form with the emphasis on A-Level studies.
The college will hold a special event where local employers can find out more about the schemes on Wednesday, September 25.
Taking place in the centre’s restaurant the 6pm event will welcome any businesses who wish to provide input about what the courses should involve, and what skills the young people are going to need in the world of work.
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