Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC) officially opened its doors to the first intake of students this morning (Monday).
The £10 million facility in Oxford Road, Aylesbury, offers 14-19 year-olds the opportunity to study technically-oriented courses in construction or IT.
The first intake of 100 students started the day with an induction session in the hall where they were addressed by principal Bev Flanagan.
She told the students that they had the opportunity to ‘become highly skilled employees of the future’.
She also urged them to ‘embrace the experience’ and adopt a ‘can-do attitude’.
After the induction, Ms Flanagan said: “The opening hour or so has gone very smoothly. The students have all turned up and they look wonderfully smart.
“They are all very excited, and I think a little nervous, because it’s a new experience for them.”
Ms Flanagan added that she was excited by the UTC’s potential.
She said: “The UTC will I think be the preferred choice for people wanting to do IT or construction because to start at 14 on a journey into doing something you really want to do is great.
“It means they are fully prepared, ready for work, able to take opportunities when they arise and they will be successful, inspired and motivated.”