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New college must attract young women

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meg Munn MP has put her support behind the development of a new University Technical College, due to open in Sheffield in 2013 and has called on them to do all they can to attract young women interested in careers in science, engineering and technology. Even during the current economic downturn local businesses report difficulty in finding skilled employees.

The MP has long campaigned for young women to have worthwhile careers in these fields through the development of more opportunities. She wants Sheffield and South Yorkshire to become the first choice for young women working in these industries. Now, with a new University Technical College on the horizon, the MP sees it as an opportunity for everyone involved to work together to encourage more girls to gain experience that will help close the skills gap.

She recently met Andrew Cropley, Principal of Norton College, who is involved in the development of the new University Technical College which will have around 600 students each year. It will provide high quality technical training in advanced engineering and manufacturing, and also in the creative and digital industries, for 14 19 year olds. The college will be located on Shoreham Street in Sheffield City Centre and is already working closely with local employers to ensure that students will be able to develop the skills needed for the future.

Meg Munn said:

“The new University Technical College is a real opportunity for young people in Sheffield and the surrounding area. It’s also a perfect time to ensure that from the outset more young women are given the chance to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.” 

For more information about the new University Technical College please visit: http://www.sheffieldutc.co.uk/  A survey on the website forms part of a six-week consultation to collect feedback and discuss the future of University Technical College. The consultation is now open and runs until 9 March 2012.

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Meg with Andrew Cropley

Meg with Andrew Cropley

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