New drive to train

Andrew Cropley, principal of Sheffield College's Norton College
Andrew Cropley, principal of Sheffield College's Norton College
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Employers are being urged to lend their support to a bid to set up one of the first new University Technical Colleges in Sheffield.

Sheffield College is leading the bid to set up one of the Colleges, to boost the skills of 14 to 19-year-olds entering the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and digital and new media sectors.

Supporters from education include Sheffield’s two universities, Sheffield City Council, King Edward VII School, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and Parkwood Academy.

But, support, including offers of practical help is also needed from the business community.

Andrew Cropley, principal of Sheffield College’s Norton College, is leading the bid submission.

He said: “This is potentially a very exciting development for Sheffield. Support from local employers is crucial to its success.

“Their input at this early stage will give us a much greater chance of being involved in this key government initiative that could bring significant investment into the Sheffield city region.”

Employers got the chance to learn more about the University Technical College (UTC) proposals at a launch event at Brinsworth Training yesterday and those that want to get involved need to contact Sheffield College by Thursday, May 26.

The bid team says employers who get involved at this stage will be able to influence the UTC’s vision and curriculum, so that the training students receive is related to and supports local business needs.

The team also wants employers to offer work placements, get involved with projects, take up sponsorship opportunities and offer views on the design of the building.

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