Siemens supports college education

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A global company is the first to sign a landmark agreement with the new University Technical College, offering cash, training, equipment and advice.

Siemens has committed to partner the college which opens in September.

The company, whose metals technologies division is at Sheffield Airport Business Park, will donate £2,000-a-year to the college, sponsor five students with £400 each, lead two curriculum projects a year and interview at least three students a year for its apprenticeship programme, when it is recruiting.

It has also promised to provide staff four days a month, give students free access to design software and support the Greenpower car project within the UTC curriculum.

The £9.9 million college will specialise in vocational qualifications for teenagers in the creative and digital and engineering and manufacturing sectors. It will also offer GCSEs and A-levels.

Jon Stewart, Siemens Sheffield director and president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “These schools are absolutely vital for building a future for manufacturing and industry; equipping young people with the skills to address the talent shortfall that the UK is facing.”

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.”

The college is run by the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, which cemented the agreement with Siemens. It is sponsored by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors.

It is still recruiting Year 10 places, to apply go to UTC Sheffield To attend a taster tomorrow call 0114 2602327.