A consultation is under way for South Devon's newest school for young people aged 14-18 with many public events and an online survey available.
The South Devon University Technical College will be built in Newton Abbot in Bradley Lane.
The UTC project champion Adele Dawson explained: "We received a lot of support from the public when we put our application together for the new school. Now that the Department for Education has given us the green light to move to the pre-opening stage, we are doing another round of consultation.
"This time parents, potential applicants, employers and the wider community will have the opportunity to look at the architects' design for the school, find out more about the admissions process and give us feedback on key aspects of the school.
"To give everyone in the South Devon area the chance to find out more, we are running events across the area from Exeter in the east to Kingsbridge and Ivybridge in the west, so that people can attend an event near them. The open events are supported by the partnership, so our employer partners will explain why they are supporting the school – Galliford Try, Centrax, the Environment Agency, the Federation of Small Businesses and South West Water, as well as the University of Exeter and South Devon College."
In addition, feedback can be provided via an on-line survey via the website: www.SouthDevonUTC.org. To encourage as many people as possible to submit their views, people who complete the survey will have the chance of winning a free i-Pad mini.
Also available in September will be the UTC's first prospectus: "We can't wait to show parents and prospective applicants our new prospectus, which showcases a number of young employees from employer partners including Centrax, Galliford Try, South West Water and the Environment Agency. We hope this will inspire young people hoping to develop an exciting career in the engineering, water and environmental industries, as they see people just like them already on a great career pathway" explained Project Champion Adele Dawson. The prospectus is on-line at www.SouthDevonUTC.org
South Devon UTC - the area's first University Technical College – will offer a new way of learning for up to 600 young people aged 14 to 18.
It will recruit from across the region including Teignbridge, Torbay, Exeter, Plymouth and the South Hams.
The academy school will have a unique focus in engineering, water and the environment, reflecting both the natural environment in Devon and the needs of employers in these industries where there is a lack of technicians available. Locally, apprenticeship numbers in science, engineering and manufacturing are half the regional average and nationally the technician deficit is estimated to reach 450,000 by 2020.
Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, said: "I am delighted that South Devon University Technical College is making such good progress. The UTC will help young people gain the skills they need to succeed whilst providing a welcome boost to the local economy and our engineering businesses."
Open events take place at: SDC University Centre, Paignton, September 5, 7.30-9pm; South Hams District Council, Totnes, September 9, 6.30-8pm; Ashburton Town Hall, September 11, 6.30-8pm; College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Exeter University Streatham Campus, Exeter, September 10, 630-8pm; Watermark Centre, Ivybridge, September 16, 6.30-8pm;
West Alvington Village Hall, Kingsbridge, September 18; SWW Waste Processing Centre, Totnes (pre booking essential), September 21, 10am-noon; Coombeshead Academy, September 25, 6.30pm-8pm; Teignbridge Council, Newton Abbot; October 3, 5.30pm-7pm.
For further information and to register your interest in a place at the school, visit www.SouthDevonUTC.org