Go-ahead given for second university technical college

Coun Jackie Drayton
Coun Jackie Drayton
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PLANS for a second university technical college in a Yorkshire city have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Sheffield City Council has approved a planning application for UTC2 Sheffield. UTCs are schools which pupils can join at either 14 or 16 to study a technical education specialising in a particular industry alongside traditional academic subjects.

Sheffield was the location os Yorkshire’s first UTC, which opened in 2013 focusing on engineering and manufacturing and creative digital media.

Now UTC2 Sheffield has moved a step closer to opening. It will focus on courses in human sciences and computing which the project’s backers say are “key growth sectors in the Sheffield City Region”.

Sheffield’s second UTC is being led by Sheffield College with 
Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsor.

BAM Construction is due to start work on the £10m facility next month.

Andrew Cropley, executive director, strategic planning and business development, at Sheffield College, said: “This is great news for young people and employers in Sheffield City Region.

“It marks a significant milestone for this exciting project, which will provide young people with strong career prospects and support regional business growth.”

Coun Jackie Drayton Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and 
families, said: “Sheffield is leading the way in education with not just one, but two university technical colleges.

“Not only will this UTC be a huge boost in driving forward our ambition to making sure every young person gets the right training for future jobs across the Sheffield City Region, it also adds to our plans to boost education in the north-east of the city, which also include a brand new through school on the same site.”

She added: “Our vision for the city is that all children, young people and families achieve their full potential.

“I’m pleased to be working with The Sheffield College and other partners in this venture and have no doubt this second UTC will play a big part in helping us to achieve this goal.”