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College plans turned down for Sheffield

L-R Nick Crew (Principle), Hannah Marrett (15), Adam Jackson (15), Finlay Milens (14), Elle Dolby (14), Richard Scarrat (Operations Manager Wates Construction)

L-R Nick Crew (Principle), Hannah Marrett (15), Adam Jackson (15), Finlay Milens (14), Elle Dolby (14), Richard Scarrat (Operations Manager Wates Construction)

Proposals for a second University Technical College to be based in the east end of Sheffield have been turned down by ministers.

But a second bid is to be submitted later in the year after the project received positive feedback from government officers.

Sheffield’s first UTC opened in the city centre last September, and when full will have up to 600 students studying for qualifications in advanced engineering, digital media and manufacturing.

If it gets the green light the second college will focus on sport and life sciences, and will be part of developments that will involve a combined primary and secondary school being built in the Attercliffe/Darnall area.

Six new UTCs and five similar smaller ‘studio schools’ have been approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Planners behind the new Sheffield UTC believe a second bid may be successful if it can show the demand is there from employers and students.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Obviously it is disappointing not to have been given the go-ahead. However it is encouraging to know we have not been ruled out completely and this is something we will bear in mind when we re-apply later in the year.

“We are seeking to meet the skills needs of employers in the sport and health technology sectors and support those areas of potential economic growth.”

Lead sponsor of both schemes is Sheffield College, which has received support from a number of major regional employers.

There’s a chance to learn more about the first University Technical College tonight at an open evening from 6pm to 7pm.

 

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