The public is to get a say in plans for a University Technical College in the heart of Preston’s city centre.
A £10m bid by partners including the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Preston City Council, to create the institution is being made to the Government.
But, before the final application is made local people have the chance to help shape and inform the development of the proposed Preston Guild UTC.
Proposals include housing the facility, for up to 600 14-18 year old, in the Winckley Square area.
UCLan already partners a UTC in Burnley and pro vice-chancellor Lynne Livesey said: “This is fantastic opportunity for Preston.
“We are talking about equipping up to 600 14 to18- year-olds with new skills in construction and design.
“There is a skills gap in this sector of the economy which the Preston Guild UTC aims to address.”
She added: “Preston is the perfect place for the new technical college. The city is vibrant and growing with over £400m of City Deal funding being invested in the local area over the next 10 years.
“This will see new businesses grow and flourish and in turn create whole new opportunities for design and construction.”
Lorraine Norris – Chief Executive of Preston City Council – added: “The Preston Guild UTC is an excellent concept and has widespread support from across the city.
“Preston is uniquely placed to train designers, engineers and construction workers of the future in a wide range of both high tech and traditional skills.”
The online survey for the UTC can be found at www.preston.gov.uk and closes on May 6.