Employers urged to have their say on plans for a second UTC

Published 4th February 2015 at 10:33am

Young people, parents and employers are being urged to have their say on plans for a second university technical college (UTC) in Sheffield. 

A seven-week consultation for UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing has just launched.

Sheffield’s second UTC is due to open at the Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium in September 2016. 

The £10 million facility will train 14 to 19-year-olds in the skills needed for the healthcare technology, sports science, exercise medicine and wellbeing sectors.

Students will complete academic and technical qualifications, and rub shoulders with some of the country’s leading athletes, and health and sports science experts, as part of the wider Olympic Legacy Park project.

Go to the online survey at http://www.utc2sheffield.org.uk/your-feedback, which is open until March 20th 2015. Events will also be held for the public during the consultation.

UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing is being led by The Sheffield College. Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry are co-sponsors. The catchment area for recruitment is South Yorkshire. The total number of places is 600 by 2019.

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

“We want to urge young people, parents, employers, and the public, to have their say on plans for Sheffield’s second university technical college. The healthcare, sports science and computing sectors are vital to the future of this region, and this facility will develop the next generation’s skills supporting business growth and providing young people with high quality careers.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, Sheffield City Council, added:

“This seven week consultation period is a really exciting time in the development of Sheffield’s second UTC because young people, parents and employers can really help shape how it develops and evolves for the future. Sheffield is one of the few places in the country chosen to host two UTCs, which has no doubt been boosted by the success of the first purpose-built UTC in Sheffield city centre. “It also demonstrates the strength of the council’s vision and strategy, backed by our employers, universities and The Sheffield College, to create specialist learning institutions which really help prepare young people for the workplace. It’s a fantastic example of what the council, our partner agencies and the community can achieve if we work together and I’m looking forward to hearing the great ideas generated by the consultation.”

Professor Karen Bryan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“With our world-renowned expertise in health-care and sports science, we are delighted to be taking up a key role in the sponsorship of this new UTC. Students will be able to benefit from a rich learning experience that will prepare them brilliantly for work or further study upon completion of their qualifications. We hope as many people as possible take part in the consultation over the next few weeks.”

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said:

“This UTC is supporting a new sector that is strategically important for the future of the region. The wellness agenda is becoming increasingly important internationally as we struggle to cope with higher and older populations and the health costs associated with that. We must invest in technology and skills to properly realise the commercial opportunities from it. Training in sports science, health and technology will provide Sheffield with a highly-skilled workforce on a global level and this can only be positive news for the private sector.”

UTCs are specialist technical schools where employers are heavily involved in the curriculum, training the next generation of Britain’s scientists, engineers and technicians.

UTCs teach one or more specialisms that meet regional skills shortages. Students complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as technical qualifications.

Employers will be central to the UTC 2 curriculum, supporting students on academic and technical learning and career-related skills. They will also provide work placements and projects, sponsorship opportunities and have input into the design of the building. For more information on how to get involved visit: http://www.utc2sheffield.org.uk

Image above shows Sheffield’s second university technical college which will be part of the Olympic Legacy Park. Image credit: Bond Bryan Architects.

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