Tuesday, March 6, 2012

News: Have your say on University Technical College


Local employers are being encouraged to have their say on plans for a new Sheffield University Technical College.

The Sheffield UTC is the first of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber, and is due to open to 14 to 19-year-olds in September 2013.

Up to 600 young people from the Sheffield city region will have the opportunity to train in the work-related skills and qualifications that the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative industries sectors need.

Responses to the consultation are being accepted until March 9 and an event is taking place at the Cutler's Hall tomorrow for local employers in engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital industries.

The 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.

Andrew Cropley, executive director at The Sheffield College, said: "The consultation process is well underway and we want to urge more members of the general public to have their say in shaping the Sheffield UTC."

"The economic growth sectors of advanced engineering and manufacturing, and the creative and digital industries, are vital to the future of this region. Both are facing challenges in recruiting people with the right skills.

"The Sheffield UTC will develop the next generation's skills in these sectors, whilst offering a broad education, so employers can grow their businesses and create more jobs."

Sheffield City Council recently approved that the Sheffield UTC be located on the Porter Brook site in the city centre on the corner of Shoreham Street and Matilda Street. The council will provide the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent, subject to government funding being formally approved for the Sheffield UTC scheme.

Alison Bettac, group human resources and health and safety director at Firth Rixson Ltd, said: "We need more young people trained in job specific skills that match the needs of our business, so that we can grow. Getting involved with the Sheffield UTC offers us an exciting opportunity to achieve that."

Sheffield UTC website


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