Students urged to sign up for new college

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Students are being urged to sign up for Sheffield’s groundbreaking University Technical College which will open its doors for the first time next year.

The steel structure of the multi-million pound specialist facility is already up and clearly visible as the building takes shape on the Porter Brook site on Sidney Street.

It is one of only a handful of UTCs nationally to offer highly technical subjects to teenagers and will be one of the first to open its doors next September.

Now city leaders are urging students to get their applications in as places are starting to fill up. The deadline for post-16 students is the end of January, but this is expected to be extended.

But there are places, too, for 14-year-olds, with specialist and vocational training in engineering and creative and digital industries on offer alongside traditional subjects.

Principal Nick Crew said: “Students will learn how to make, create and innovate, gaining a well rounded education steeped in practical skills leading to real jobs or university afterwards.

“Employers have told me they want to see a raising of the skill level of young people to meet their demand,” he added.