Siemens Backs UTC Sheffield With New Agreement
10th June 2013
A global employer is the first business to sign a landmark partnership agreement that will benefit University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield students.
Siemens Plc, whose Metals Technologies division is based at Sheffield Airport Business Park, is one of the world's leading engineering and manufacturing companies. The company has committed to providing financial sponsorship, industry projects, training and equipment for the UTC Sheffield - the first of its kind in Yorkshire - which opens to students aged 14 to 19 this September. The agreement includes donating £2,000 a year to the UTC Sheffield, sponsoring five students each £400, leading two curriculum projects a year, and offering at least three students a year careers guidance and support, and fast tracking to interview, when the Siemens apprenticeship programme is recruiting. Siemens has also committed to providing staff four days a month to support the development of teaching materials, providing free access for students to the Solid Edge computer aided design software, and supporting the development of the Greenpower car project, to advance sustainable engineering and technology skills within the UTC curriculum. The £9.9 million UTC Sheffield will specialise in academic and technical qualifications for the creative and digital media, and advanced engineering and manufacturing industries. The facility on Shoreham Street will be fitted with £1 million of specialist equipment including engineering mini factories, high tech design and sound studios, and a multi-use rooftop multi sports pitch. GCSEs and A-levels will be offered alongside specialist vocational diploma courses. Jon Stewart, Metals Technologies Director, Siemens Plc and President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are delighted to support the UTC in Sheffield, and sign this partnership deal. These schools are absolutely vital for building a future for manufacturing and industry; equipping young people with the skills needed to address the talent shortfall that the UK is facing. We believe this will help Sheffield to build a sustainable economy in the long term too, addressing critical issues such as youth unemployment." Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, said: "An employer led curriculum is at the heart of the success of UTC Sheffield. I am delighted with Siemens' backing through a partnership agreement which will support and shape young people's technical skills, as well as future job opportunities and the regional economy. We look forward to establishing more of these agreements with our employer partners before we open in September." More than 40 local and regional employers are actively involved in supporting UTC Sheffield by helping to shape the curriculum and its content. Businesses will provide project based work placements and sponsorship, and have had input into the building design. The UTC Sheffield is run by the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, which cemented the partnership agreement with Siemens. The UTC is sponsored by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors. Andrew Cropley, Chairman of the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, and an Executive Director at The Sheffield College, added: "Real employer leadership is what makes UTC Sheffield unique. So I am thrilled that we have reached this agreement with Siemens. Employers have been involved every step of the way with this exciting new project for the region and it is extremely positive that our work with Siemens has now been formalised." The UTC Sheffield is funded by the Department for Education, has been designed by HLM Architects and is being built by Wates Construction. Sheffield City Council is providing the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent. Cllr Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: "It is brilliant news that Siemens has made such a commitment to our city's young people in this way now and in the future. This clearly shows the confidence Siemens has in our teenagers and the future part they will play in the global company. "Siemens has said they want well-motivated, adaptable and confident young people to be the life-blood of their organisation and the fact they have chosen Sheffield UTC to train and talent spot their employees of the future is testament to the high expectations they have of our city's young people and the faith that they have placed in this new centre of vocational learning which the city has worked so hard to secure." There's still time for employers to get involved. The UTC is also continuing to recruit for Year 10 places. To apply for a course place online go to www.utcsheffield.org.uk<http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk>. To book a place at the next free taster event on Tuesday June 18th at the Creative Lounge, The Workstation, Sheffield, go to: http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events/. You can also call 0114 2602327.