College aims to create engineers of the future in Sheffield

Big dig: Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, principal Nick Crew and Sheffield council leader Julie Dore.

Big dig: Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, principal Nick Crew and Sheffield council leader Julie Dore.

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WORK has been launched on a £10 million scheme in Sheffield to create one of the UK’s first University Technical Colleges which will help produce skilled workers for the city’s engineering and digital industries.

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge and Sheffield council leader Julie Dore joined contractor Wates Construction and project sponsor The Sheffield College, to mark the start of the project.

The college is being built on Shoreham Street, in the city centre. It is one of 18 being developed around the country.

The Sheffield scheme involves converting part of the former Sidney Works industrial site plus creating new buildings.

The scheme will include a five-a-side football pitch on the roof.

Sheffield Council has funded the purchase of the site and the college will be created using a £9.9 million grant awarded by the Department for Education.

Nick Crew, who will be principal of Sheffield University Technical College, said: “It is a very exciting time as work commences on this fantastic facility.

“Interest in the UTC is really growing among the region’s young people and this is testament to what will be achieved here - a state-of-the-art institution that will excel in providing work-based learning via an employer-led curriculum.”

The college is to be completed in September 2013 and will take students aged 14 to 19.

Pam Liversidge, Master Cutler, said: “The UTC will help give young people the passion for innovation as well as entrepreneurial spirit vital for the future.”

Coun Dore added: “The UTC helps us to work closely with businesses to ensure that the next generation of workers has the right skills.”

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