Plans for a second University Technical College in Sheffield are gathering pace with the announcement of Sheffield College as the sponsor who will take the scheme forward.
Sheffield is preparing to make a bid to the Government for funding for a second University Technical College for 14-19 year-olds, to specialise in sports and life sciences.
A panel of key stakeholders has unanimously voted the Sheffield College as the preferred sponsor to take the bid forward.
Sheffield College is also the sponsor of the city’s first UTC - specialising in Advanced Engineering and Creative and Digital - which is due to open its Shoreham Street doors this September.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I am delighted the selection process has resulted in an outstanding sponsor who has served the city well in setting up the first University Technical College. “Young people are our future and we need to make sure every opportunity to help them succeed has been explored and having a second UTC can only help with this process. I have every confidence that the Sheffield College will lead an excellent bid for this new University Technical College.”
Heather MacDonald, Sheffield College’s Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted to have been selected as the lead sponsor of a second university technical college in Sheffield and want to work with other education providers including universities, colleges and schools on that.
“We are committed to providing the qualifications and jobs training that young people and regional employers need.
“This latest decision follows our success in being the lead sponsor for getting Yorkshire’s first University Technical College Sheffield off the ground specialising in engineering and creative digital media, and which is opening this September.”