‘We inspire and develop our young people for generations’ is the proud boast of The Sheffield College, a venue which provides training and education across a wide range of sectors, supporting the city’s employment, skills and growth.
Boasting exceptional apprenticeship partnerships with city employers, it is also a major employer of apprentices, and has quadrupled investment in its staff through apprenticeships, management development programmes and college development days, all of which contributed to a recent OFSTED “Good” judgement.
“All apprentices who have completed programmes with us have gone on to gain permanent employment in the college,” said a spokesperson. “We anticipate the number of apprentices we employ will double during the current academic year.”
To assist companies in the creative and digital media sector in taking on apprentices, the college established subsidiary Norton Creative. It also supports Job Centre Plus in managing several thousand people who have completed the Work Programme without finding employment, and has an award-winning partnership with the Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust.
The college led the development of UTC Sheffield, the employer-led academy for 14- to 19-year-olds which prepares young people for careers in the advanced engineering and manufacturing industry and the creative and digital media sectors, and has been held up as an exemplary project nationally.
The college has now been asked to help establish a second Sheffield UTC specialising in sport and life sciences.