Tuesday, November 15, 2011

News: Employers show support for Sheffield University Technical College


More than 100 employers have attended a consultation to discuss how they will support a new Sheffield University Technical College.

The Sheffield UTC will be the first of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber and is due to open to upto 600 students aged 14 to 19-year-old in September 2013.

The Sheffield UTC will specialise in developing the technical skills of young people entering the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and digital and new media sectors, and could receive up to £10m of government funding.

At the consultation meeting at Sheffield Town Hall on October 31, employers discussed how they will get involved in shaping the curriculum content that would be tailored to their industry needs.

Employers will influence all aspects of the Sheffield UTC including the curriculum and building design, in addition to providing work placements and sponsorship. Staff will include trained teachers and those from technical backgrounds.

The Sheffield UTC application was initiated by Sheffield City Council and is being sponsored and led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Firth Rixson Ltd as co-sponsors.

The bid was approved by the Department for Education last month. Details about the location, curriculum content and funding have not been formally approved at this stage.

The bid set out the intention to locate the Sheffield UTC Academy Trust within a £8m new build on the Digital Campus in Sheffield but the possibility of a location on or alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham is also being explored.

Andrew Cropley, executive director at The Sheffield College, said: "We are receiving a very good response from local and regional businesses, reflected in a strong turnout to the consultation. There's still time for more employers to get involved, as we are planning another consultation in the New Year."

Sheffield College website

Images: Carey Jones / Sheffield College


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