Second Sheffield college gets go-ahead

Andrew Cropley, from The Sheffield College.
Andrew Cropley, from The Sheffield College.

Sheffield has been given the go-ahead to open a second University Technical College – which will open in September 2016 on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium.

The £10 million project has been approved by ministers at the second attempt, and follows the successful opening of the city’s first UTC a year ago.

The project is being led by Sheffield College, the city’s two universities, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, employers and the city council.

It will train 14 to 19-year-olds in the skills needed for careers in the sports science, health and digital technology sectors.

The development will be known as the Sheffield Human Sciences and Digital Technologies UTC and its curriculum will combine traditional academic with technical qualifications.

It will recruit students from across the region and has a target of 600 on roll by 2019.

Sheffield College’s Andrew Cropley said: “We are delighted the city’s bid for a second UTC has been given the go-ahead.

“We will use all the experience that we’ve gained from our success with UTC Sheffield, the first of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber, and work with our partners to create an extraordinary and career focused educational experience for young people who have an interest in the science of the human body and computing.”

Sheffield will be one of the few places in the UK with two UTCs and employers will have a major say on the curriculum, ensuring it will meet the needs of business.