The countdown to Sheffield’s newest learning centre has begun – the city’s £10 million University Technical College, which opens on September 9.
The campus on Shoreham Street in the city centre has been constructed in record time, just under a year.
It has incorporated the adjoining Sydney Works building, keeping many original Victorian features.
Around 270 students are set to start courses this term, 90 of them 14-year-olds and the rest aged 16 and over.
The UTC is the first of its kind in the region, offering mainstream academic lessons, technical courses and skills for the booming creative and digital industries.
The idea is for young people to obtain qualifications employers value the most.
Principal Nick Crew said students would be prepared for real jobs, with an extensive range of work placements.
He said: “They are all very different – some for example are dead set on a career such as engineering, while others know that they enjoy design but have no idea where that might lead.”
n For more on the UTC, see Class Act on Tuesday.