Insights – Crewe Engineering & Design UTC

The Challenge

Working with a number of identified partners through Cheshire East Council to develop a successful UTC application.  Developing the application content along with project team development through engagement with further employers, the local community and our university partner.

Our Contribution

We have worked with the client to develop a successful application to open a UTC in September 2016 and subsequently appointed to project manage all pre-opening activities through to September 2016.  We have worked closely with the appointed Principal Designate to ensure all tasks are considered and managed alongside continued links with the DfE.


  • Successful UTC application
  • Funding agreement achieved within 7 months of project approval
  • Achievement of full feasibility and capital approval within 7 months of project approval
  • Recruitment of Principal Designate
  • Successfully opened September 2016
“GLK Solutions have coached the Crewe Design and Engineering UTC team from the school’s inception. Gemma and Lesley have managed to ensure that we deliver everything on time, helped us to articulate, refine and define what was special about our UTC and helped us to disseminate this to the World.

We are greatly indebted to GLK Solutions for making this perilous journey as painless as possible. They have given the partners the confidence to spend our time on those areas of the school’s formation that we felt were central to our vision whilst giving us the comfort of knowing that Gemma and Lesley were keeping an eye on everything else.

I believe that the track record of GLK Solutions is a clear barometer of their capabilities. I know that our team would highly recommend them.”- Georgina Harris, Chair of Trustee and on behalf of Trustees, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC (Head of School of Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University)