The newly appointed principal of South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) wants it to be the number one place to study for students in the area who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Joe Mulligan (51) is joining the Salisbury based UTC after four successful years at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA) UTC.
“I am strongly committed to the UTC model, I have seen first-hand how it can transform young people’s lives and open up opportunities they may never have considered,” he said.
“The focus on the specialist areas and the support from employers allows students to explore their areas of interest deeper and this puts them in the best position for progression into high quality employment or onto higher education.”
Joe, who grew up in Essex, started his career as an apprentice in aircraft maintenance before moving ontouniversity to study mechanical engineering and then into education.
“I was very lucky that the school I was working in allowed me to study for my PGCE and that’s where my love of teaching began. I have worked in several schools in the London and Bristol areas, including some quite challenging environments, before moving onto the UTC movement, joining BTEA UTC initially as assistant principal.”
Joe, who is married with two children, decided the time was right after being at the helm of the BTEA UTC, to explore new opportunities.
“Bristol is firmly established now, results are good and I wanted the opportunity to develop another UTC and make it my own. I really believe that Salisbury has so much potential.”
As well as working with the students and teachers in Salisbury Joe is looking forward to getting to know the city and the employers that are linked with the UTC. “I want to be there for all the students, guide them and support them through this very important stage of their education. I also want to continue to grow the links that have been established with some excellent employers.”
UTCs are a unique place to study believes Joe. “They sit somewhere between a school and a further education college,” he explains. “They provide a calmer and more grown-up climate for the students in years 10 and 11 and a more supportive culture for post 16 students.
“We definitely offer a unique alternative to other education providers in the region. Progression into specialist areas from UTCs is excellent, whether into employment or continuing education.”
Mr Mulligan is looking forward to meeting prospective students and their parents at the Open Event on 25th January.