Employers asked to back bid for technical college

Andrew Cropley, Sheffield College
Andrew Cropley, Sheffield College

Employers are being urged to offer practical support and back proposals for a new University Technical College in Sheffield.

The Sheffield College is the lead sponsor for Sheffield’s bid to host a University Technical College, which would place a strong focus on vocational education and work-based learning.

The UTC aims to boost the skills of 14 to 19-year-olds entering the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and digital and new media sectors, through a new academy. The curriculum would be employer led.

Staff would include trained teachers and those from technical backgrounds.

Partner organisations supporting the bid include Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, King Edward VII School, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and Parkwood Academy.

Employers who want to influence the bid need to get in touch with The Sheffield College by Thursday May 26 at UTC@sheffcol.ac.uk.

An event providing more information for employers is also being held on Monday May 16 from 10am to midday at Brinsworth Training, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1BN.

Andrew Cropley, Principal of Norton College, part of The Sheffield College, who is leading on the bid submission, said: “This is potentially a very exciting development for Sheffield. Support from local employers is crucial to its success.”

He added: “Their input at this early stage will give us a much greater chance of being involved in this key government initiative that could bring significant investment into the Sheffield city region.”

Employers who get involved at this stage will be able to influence the vision of the UTC and its curriculum content so that the training and education students receive is related to and supports local business needs.

Employers are also needed for work placements and projects, sponsorship opportunities and input into the design of the building. The final bid submission to the Department for Education needs to be completed by June 1.

For more information email UTC@sheffcol.ac.uk or call 0114 2602600