MP Laura Smith visits Crewe UTC


Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, recently visited Crewe UTC for a tour of the school and the new Joseph Locke building.

The tour was held to demonstrate the progress of Crewe UTC, now in full swing in its second year.

Greeted by David Terry, principal of Crewe UTC, Laura was first informed about the school’s different approach to education.

She was told about the opportunities made available to the students, such as experience working with the college’s employer partners.

David commented: “Crewe UTC has already demonstrated great success. Since we opened our new Joseph Locke building, we have been even more visible in the centre of Crewe.

“Our recruitment numbers have increased, with students also joining us from outside of Crewe including Congleton, Wilmslow, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Middlewich, Northwich, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Market Drayton.”

He added: “We are already forecasting an increase in numbers for next year. The engagement with our employer partners offers a real advantage to our students, who get ‘real life’ projects to work on and gain a sense of achievement.”

Commenting on the role of Crewe UTC in the area, and the opportunity for the students to develop key skills for careers, Laura said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the students and teachers at the UTC and to see their obvious enthusiasm for the subjects.

“The students’ maturity and knowledge and understanding shone through and it was great to listen to the stories of personal achievement.”