New college set for go-ahead

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EDUCATION chiefs are ready to give the go-ahead for a new multi-million-pound college in the heart of Sheffield.

The University Technical College – one of only 18 in the country being developed – is to be sited on the Porter Brook site in Sidney Street, in the Cultural Industries Quarter.

The Government-backed centre will specialise in offering courses in advanced engineering and manufacturing, as well as ones for the digital and new media sectors.

The city council will provide the land, previously occupied by Yorkshire Forward, and transfer the completed building to the UTC Trust on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn ground rent.

The college will be close to the train station and within walking distance of the Sheffield College and Sheffield Hallam University – as well as many potential future employers.

It is hoped this in turn will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area when the centre opens for 600 students in September next year.

Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The UTC will be a boost to the city’s economy and social wellbeing and will also mean local businesses can literally grow their own future employees.

“We need a highly skilled workforce with skills that are directly matched to the jobs that are out there now and in the future.

The council Cabinet is expected to ratify the deal at its meeting next week.