Young people in Medway are being asked to get involved and help shape the future of education in Medway by taking part in a new online survey.
The survey is aimed at pursuing the possibility of establishing a University Technical College in Medway, by asking young people what they think about the idea.
By launching the survey, at the board behind the bid, which is led by the University of Greenwich with members from the university, MidKent College and the council, hope to get as much feedback about the proposal for a Medway UTC as possible, to use should any future rounds of applications be announced.
An initial bid for a UTC specialising in engineering and construction was submitted to the Department for Education earlier this year, but, despite positive feedback, the college for 14 to 19 year olds did not get the go ahead.
Now, the board behind the bid is continuing to look at options for establishing a technical school in Medway and is keen to hear what young people and their families have to say.
Offering a range of practically based courses and qualifications including GCSEs, A levels, BTECs and NVQs, the UTC would offer hands on training and academic study led by the University of Greenwich and local employers.
The idea has also won the support of the Royal School of Military Engineering and major employers including BAE Systems, Delphi Diesel Systems, BAM Construct UK and Land Securities, who would also offer teenagers a range of training and work experience.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Medway has a rich history of construction and engineering and we believe that a college specialising in these subjects will not only continue this tradition, but it will give young people an opportunity to succeed, learning a trade and skills that will give them a head start in the jobs market.
“I believe our young people deserve this chance and would ask everyone to support this project and share their views by completing the survey.”
Professor Alan Reed, Director of Regional Development at the Medway Campus of the University of Greenwich, and chair of the Medway UTC board, said: “We have forged strong links with local business and industry leaders over the past year and our priority now is to keep the momentum built behind the bid going.
“We are continuing to work together to build on the growing number of apprenticeships and work placements for young people in Medway and gear them up for employment or further study.

“This survey is about going out to young people and families in Medway and gathering as much feedback as we can so we can not only re evaluate the options we’re considering but we can be ready to go should any future rounds for UTC applications be announced in the near future.”
Sue McLeod, Acting Principal at MidKent College, said: “We are passionate about teaching young people the job skills necessary to succeed in the working world, which is why it is so important that we listen to what they have to say.
“We believe Medway’s economy would benefit greatly from having a UTC but we need as much information as possible to ensure we are truly representing the views of the local community.”
Lt Col Gareth Baker RE Commanding Officer of 1 Royal School of Military Engineering said: ”At the RSME we train and motivate young soldiers in the practical disciplines of engineering and construction to meet the most demanding of conditions on operations.
“We see the UTC as delivering the same goal for young people of Medway; giving them high quality practical training in skills that are needed in a demanding employment market.”