INFORMATION about the South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) and its arms company sponsors was discussed at a recent Salisbury meeting of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

Kat Hobbs, the campaign’s local outreach co-ordinator, came from London to share her research with members of the Green Party, CND and Quakers.

The UTC will be in the refurbished former police station on Wilton Road and provide full-time education from September for 14-18-year-olds.

It will focus on science and engineering with an emphasis on practical skills.

It is sponsored by several local arms companies, including Chemring, which produces CS gas used against peaceful protesters in Egypt and Hong Kong, and QinetiQ, a weapons company that supplies arms to human rights-abusing regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, according to CAAT.

Also discussed was CAAT’s new Arms to Renewables campaign.

This campaign calls on the government to shift resources from the arms industry, which has a devastating impact on the world, to renewables, which could create more and better jobs and a safer world for all.

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