Chamber welcomes positive article on UTC’s

Sheffield Chamber welcomed the article in The Sheffield Star today about how well students at the University Technical College’s in Sheffield are doing.

Richard Wright, Director of the Chamber and Chair of the Sheffield UTC Multi Academy Trust added “The founder members of the UTC are The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. They had a vision of mixed vocational/academic based routes through technical education, partly as an alternative to the purely academic routes, but mainly because it was apparent that employers needed a pipeline of practical work ready employees in STEM based subjects.

“We are delighted with the success of the project. Students have gone on to universities, including Cambridge and Oxford, but the majority have moved into apprenticeships, especially higher level apprenticeships. During the UTC’s existence not one student has become a NEET. It is very much down to the dedication of the staff and Board who have consistently delivered on the vision and overall excellence.

“Particularly pleasing is the support given by employers themselves. In a UTC employers play a very active part in the education process e.g. setting and supporting real life projects. Employers have stayed with us from day 1 which is a remarkable achievement. Employers also chair the Local Governing Bodies of each UTC which means we keep up to date with current and future skills needs which is so critical in this ever changing world. UTC’s prepare the employees of tomorrow and that can be a very satisfying place to be”

Read full article via the Star here –