Pioneering college takes its first students

L-R Frazer Chester (14), Emma Cooper (Team Cooper) and Hannah Marrett (15)
L-R Frazer Chester (14), Emma Cooper (Team Cooper) and Hannah Marrett (15)

The first university technical college in the Yorkshire and Humber region opened in Sheffield this week.

The £9.9m building in Shoreham Street is designed to address a shortage of skilled workers for the advanced engineering and manufacturing and the creative and digital industries.

Students aged 14 to 19 complete a technical qualification in one of the subjects as well as traditional academic qualifications including GCSEs and A Levels. The first intake comprises 138 Year 12, and 102 Year 10 students. Next year the number will rise to 600.

Student Praise Ncube, aged 14, who is studying advanced engineering and manufacturing, wants to go into a career in prosthetics, which involves designing and manufacturing artificial limbs. She said: “It’s a unique form of education. I chose to study here to learn more about working life, and better my prospects.”

More than 40 employers are involved in the UTC, which is led by the Sheffield College.

Principal Nick Crew said the college, one of 12 across the country, will help to have “a real impact” on young people and economic growth in the specialised areas.

Pictured, left to right, are students Frazer Chester, Emma Cooper and Hannah Marrett.