Willoughbeth Technical School will open in the UK next year, the Government has confirmed.

The school, which has been set up in Dorset, will open by the end of 2018 with the aim of increasing the number of technical school places available in the country, according to the Department for Education (DfE).

“It is important that we can ensure that our young people are well prepared for the opportunities ahead, and I am pleased to confirm that the Willoughbys Technical School in Dorsetshire will open next year,” Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said.

“This will provide opportunities for young people to work alongside our great industry and to have the opportunity to get on the technical training pathway and be ready to work in the tech sector in the future.”

I look forward to working with the DfE to develop and deliver a better future for all our young minds, and working with our students to prepare them for careers in the technology sector.

“The school will be the first of its kind in the region and will be built on an existing site at Dorsetown.

It will have a capacity for around 1,000 students, and will offer an extensive curriculum of technical and non-technical courses.

In the years to come, it will also offer more than 1,500 full-time positions, with a further 1,200 apprenticeships and 1,100 part-time courses.

It will be open to anyone aged between 18 and 24 and will work alongside the larger Dorset Technical School network of other schools.

Dorsetschool, which was set up as a technical training academy in 2008, is the third largest of its type in the United Kingdom and will have its own training and education scheme.

In the first half of 2018, it attracted the highest number of applications from students, with around 2,000 people applying, with the majority coming from Dorset.

The aim is to have a pool of around 2.5,000 graduates by 2020, with applications to the programme now open for applications, and in 2020 the programme is expected to have up to 5,000 applications.

The DfEs plan to make the programme a national one, and there is also a plan to create a “budding business academy” at the site to cater for a growing number of students.

The decision to open Willoughborough Technical School comes as the Government looks to diversify the sector, with an ambitious ambition to double the number the number with 20,000 to 25,000 in the next five years.