Wednesday, September 12, 2012

News: Ground breaking for University Technical College


A major step forward in the delivery of Sheffield City Region's new £8.5m University Technical College (UTC) was celebrated last week with a special ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the project.

Master Cutler, Pam Liversidge OBE and Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, joined contractor, Wates Construction, and project sponsor, The Sheffield College, to mark the start of the work.

The college, which will become the first UTC in Yorkshire and one of only 18 across the UK, will have a capacity for 600 students aged 14 to 19 years. The facility will provide specialist vocational learning within the engineering and digital sectors.

The project has been made possible through the financial support of Sheffield City Council, which bought the Porter Brook Site on which the UTC will be built, alongside lead sponsor The Sheffield College. The college has also received £9.9m capital funding from the Department for Education.

Nick Crew, principal of UTC Sheffield, said: "It is a very exciting time as work commences on this fantastic facility. Interest in the UTC is really growing amongst the region's young people and this is testament to what will be achieved here, a state of the art institution that will excel in providing work-based learning via an employer-led curriculum."

Pam Liversidge, Master Cutler, added: "We in this region have a proud tradition of technology, engineering and innovation. The UTC along with other local initiatives will help to stimulate interest in these areas and give young people the passion for innovation as well as the entrepreneurial spirit, which will be so vital to us in the future.

"Much hard work has gone into winning the right to have the UTC here and we, in business, must put our full support behind it to ensure the best result and enjoy the advantages it brings."

Whilst the project sponsors are The Sheffield College it is effectively led by employers from the relevant sectors within the City Region. Directors of the Sheffield UTC Academy Trust include representatives from the two Sheffield universities, Sheffield Chamber and businesses including Vincent Middleton, managing director of Newburgh Engineering in Rotherham.

Other significant local employers have put themselves forward as partners including Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Newburgh, Darron Tools, AESSEAL, Rolls-Royce and Tata Steel.

Andrew Cropley, principal of Norton College and chair of the UTC Academy Trust, said: "As the UTC starts to take on a physical form and becomes more than a concept I hope it will encourage even more employers to get involved by leading projects or sponsoring students.

"I'm sure the commencement of work on site will inspire young people across the Sheffield city region to explore the exciting opportunities the UTC can offer them to continue their education and begin their future careers."

UTC Sheffield website



Supported by:
More news...

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by 2008

Back to TOP