Sheffield steels itself to create the next generation of industry leaders in 2013
A college dedicated to specialist technical industries is to open its doors in Sheffield in 2013. The Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) will offer teenagers specialised learning within the engineering and digital sectors.
The government funded college, which will be supported by the city’s businesses and universities, will specialise in advanced engineering and materials, as well as the creative and digital industries. It will educate students with a specialist trade, alongside GCSE’s including maths and English. It is due to open in September 2013, with up to 600 places available to young people. It aims to boost the skills of 14-19 year olds entering the advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors. The curriculum will be employer led, meaning that any training will be relevant and supports the needs of local businesses. The staff will include trained teachers and those from technical backgrounds. The working day will start at 8.30am and finish at 5.30pm, with five eight week terms a year.
As well as delivering full time courses, it is anticipated that the UTC will be at the heart of a growth in apprenticeship provision. This can only be good news for Sheffield as it will bring significant investment to the region and provide local businesses with new opportunities. Companies who are looking to expand their workforce and avoid any future skills gaps could be provided with skilled people who are trained to meet their industry’s needs.