Technical college set for go-ahead

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EDUCATION chiefs in Sheffield are set to give the green light to plans to site a new multi-million pound college in the heart of the city.

The University Technical College (UTC) - one of only 18 in the country v- is to be developed on the Porter Brook site, Sidney Street, in the Cultural Industries Quarter.

The Government-backed centre will specialise in offering courses in advanced engineering and manufacturing, as well the digital and new media sectors.

Sheffield Council will provide the land, previously occupied by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and transfer the completed building to the UTC Trust on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn ground rent.

The college will be close to the railway station and within walking distance of The Sheffield College and Sheffield Hallam University, as well as many potential future employers.

It is hoped this in turn will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area when the centre opens for 600 students in September next year.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “The UTC will be a boost to the city’s economy and social wellbeing and will also mean local businesses can grow their own future employees.

“We need a highly-skilled workforce with skills directly matched to the jobs out there now and in the future - this is what the UTC will offer.

“It will not only provide world-class expertise right here in Sheffield, but 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.”

The council’s cabinet is expected to ratify the deal at its meeting on Wednesday.