City to have new technical college

SHEFFIELD will be the location for one of the first University Technical Colleges, which are designed to meet the needs of industry.

The UTC will focus on training 14 to 19-year-olds in modern technical and vocational skills, and could receive up to £10m of Government funding. It is due to open in two years with 600 students.

Educationalists, businesses and civic leaders are throwing their weight behind the plan led by the Sheffield College in partnership with employers, schools, universities and the council.

Andrew Cropley, principal of Norton College and Peaks College, who led the bid, said: “This is a very exciting development for Sheffield, which will bring significant investment into the city region and provide local companies, some of which are world class, with a real opportunity to further their success.”

He added: “They will be able to expand their workforce, where there are currently gaps, with suitably skilled people trained to meet their industry needs. Our young people will gain an alternative route into high quality professional careers with the potential to progress to higher education.”

Council leader Julie Dore said: “The country is desperately short of highly skilled technicians and graduates able to deal with our rapidly changing environment.

“We all want faster broadband, advanced medical technology and engineering – and now we will be able to train future generations right here in Sheffield to make sure these things happen.