New Sheffield college will offer skills for ‘high-quality’ careers

Sheffield's second university technical college will be part of the Olympic Legacy Park in Attercliffe. Image: Bond Bryan Architects.
Sheffield's second university technical college will be part of the Olympic Legacy Park in Attercliffe. Image: Bond Bryan Architects.
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Youngsters will get skills for ‘high-quality careers’ when Sheffield’s second university technical coll-ege opens, it is claimed.

The £10 million facility is due to open in September next year as part of £55 million plans for the city’s Olympic Legacy Park, on the former Don Valley Stadium site in Attercliffe.

Andrew Cropley, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College.

Andrew Cropley, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College.

Known as UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing, it will train young people aged 14 to 19 in the skills needed for the healthcare technology, sports science, exercise medicine and wellbeing sectors.

A seven-week consultation has been launched into the plans, led by Sheffield College alongside Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Andrew Cropley, college executive director for strategic planning and business development, urged people to share their views.

He said: “The healthcare, sports science and computing sectors are vital to the future of this region.

“This facility will develop the next generation’s skills supporting business growth and providing young people with high-quality careers.

“Recruiting the number of students will be our biggest challenge. It’s persuading youngsters to leave the school and friends they have known for three years and make the leap to come and study with us in this brilliant new place.

“There are 5,500 students who will be in the right age brackets in Sheffield and we think that if they all find out about it, there will be enough who think it is the right decision for them.”

Students at the UTC will work towards GCSE, A-level and technical qualifications, while working alongside professional athletes and health and sports science experts.

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