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Sheffield’s 1st University Technical College Gets Top Marks

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meg Munn is one of a number of local MPs who have put their weight behind a new type of high tech college opening for teenagers in September. Sheffield’s first University Technical College (UTC) for 14 to 19-year-olds is offering academic and technical qualifications, and work-based learning for the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media industries sectors. 

The UTC has already hit its target for applications from 15 to 16-year-olds, and has started a waiting list for that age group. Applications are still being accepted, particularly for Year 10 places and those young people are being urged to get in early to secure an ongoing place post 16. Parents and young people can sign up for the free careers and information sessions at www.utcsheffield.org.uk.events.

Meg said:

"In South Yorkshire businesses are looking for people with engineering and technical skills.  This new college will offer girls and boys the chance to gain the skills they need to apply for the highly technical jobs out there.

I’d like South Yorkshire to become the first choice for women and girls who want to work in engineering and technology, and the UTC offers them a great chance to develop these skills early on."

Principal Nick Crew said:

"We are a small and specialist institution and every child will be known. There are fantastic opportunities for young people. They will develop the academic and technical skills to secure employment in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media industries, which are two key areas for growth in the region.

Students will gain a well rounded education steeped in practical skills, and academic and vocational qualifications, leading to real jobs or university afterwards."

The 9.9 million UTC Sheffield will be fitted with 1 million of specialist equipment, including engineering mini factories, advanced design and sound studios, Arduino and Raspberry Pi workshops and IT environments. GCSEs and A-levels will be offered alongside specialist vocational diploma courses. A personal support and transition plan will be put in place for younger students moving across to the UTC Sheffield part way through school.

For further information visit: http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/

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