Consultation launched for £10m plans for technical college on Sheffield sports site

Sheffield's second university technical college will be part of the Olympic Legacy Park. Image credit - Bond Bryan Architects
Sheffield's second university technical college will be part of the Olympic Legacy Park. Image credit - Bond Bryan Architects
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A consultation has been launched into plans for a multi-million pound college on the site of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy park.

The university technical college is due to open in September next year as part of £55million plans for the former Don Valley Stadium site.

The £10million facility, known as UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing, will be the second of its kind in the city and will train 14 to 19-year-olds in the skills needed for the healthcare technology, sports science, exercise medicine and wellbeing sectors.

A seven-week consultation has been launched to gather views on the college proposals. A series of public events are also planned.

The project is being led by The Sheffield College, with sponsors from Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Andrew Cropley, executive director for strategic planning and business development at The Sheffield College, said: “We want to urge young people, parents, employers, and the public, to have their say on plans for Sheffield’s second university technical college.

“The healthcare, sports science and computing sectors are vital to the future of this region, and this facility will develop the next generation’s skills supporting business growth and providing young people with high quality careers.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, saidd: “This seven week consultation period is a really exciting time in the development of Sheffield’s second UTC because young people, parents and employers can really help shape how it develops and evolves for the future.”

Professor Karen Bryan, pro vice-vhancellor for the faculty of health and wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, said: “With our world-renowned expertise in health-care and sports science, we are delighted to be taking up a key role in the sponsorship of this new UTC.

“Students will be able to benefit from a rich learning experience that will prepare them brilliantly for work or further study upon completion of their qualifications. We hope as many people as possible take part in the consultation over the next few weeks.”

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said. “This UTC is supporting a new sector that is strategically important for the future of the region.

“The wellness agenda is becoming increasingly important internationally as we struggle to cope with higher and older populations and the health costs associated with that. We must invest in technology and skills to properly realise the commercial opportunities from it. Training in sports science, health and technology will provide Sheffield with a highly-skilled workforce on a global level and this can only be positive news for the private sector.”

The consultation is open until Friday, March 20. To share your views visit www.utc2sheffield.org.uk/your-feedback