UTC Gets Top Marks From MPs

11th March 2013

UTC Gets Top Marks From MPs Local MPs are throwing their weight behind Yorkshire's first University Technical College.

The UTC Sheffield is opening in September for 14 to 19-year-olds in South Yorkshire offering academic and technical qualifications, and work-based learning for the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media industries sectors.  The UTC Sheffield 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.   Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central MP, said: -The UTC will be at the heart of my constituency and so I'm delighted that there's been so much interest from young people and also to see the building work progress so quickly. The UTC will provide fantastic new opportunities for young people to get the skills they need to be a success in some of the key industries for South Yorkshire like the advanced manufacturing, and creative and digital industries.   Meg Munn, Sheffield Heeley MP, said: "In South Yorkshire, elsewhere in the UK and around the world, 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."   David Blunkett, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, commented: -The UTC will be another important addition to the choices available to young people and to ensuring that we play to their strengths.  This follows through logically from the development of specialisms in school, the development of academies, which place particular emphasis on an expertise and specialism that they offer to young people, and the idea that a 14-19 curriculum offers a great deal more than what was possible in the past. Given the enormous investment in this project and the emphasis on the kind of skills that make Sheffield famous, all of us should give this our backing. Sarah Champion, Rotherham MP, added: "I'm delighted to support the new University Technical College. Local teenagers should certainly consider studying advanced manufacturing and digital industries. These exciting sectors are crucial to the future of our economy - and they currently face a shortage of skilled workers in Yorkshire." Parents and young people can sign up for the next free careers and information sessions at www.utcsheffield.org.uk.events. They take place on Tuesday March 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Creative Lounge, The Workstation, Sheffield, and on Wednesday March 20th from 6pm to 8pm in the Heartspace, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University.  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 for creating and testing technology, and a multi-use rooftop five-a-side football pitch. 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. Councillor Julie Dore, Sheffield City Council Leader, added: -We are delighted that Yorkshire's first University Technical College will open in September in Sheffield. It is vitally important that young people have the option to participate in good vocational education on their doorstep. The UTC will be a boost to the city's economy and social well-being and will also mean local businesses can literally grow their own future employees. -We need a highly skilled workforce with skills that are directly matched to the jobs that are out there now and in the future - this is what the University Technical College will offer. It will not only provide world class expertise right here in Sheffield, but it will also bring in much needed jobs to the area. This is the boost Sheffield's economy desperately needs and hopefully the city will be reaping the benefits in just a few years' time.  

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