Engineering students from Yorkshire’s first university technical college are in the finals of an industry-led national skills competition.
Eight students will represent UTC Sheffield in the WorldSkills UK national final at the Skills Show in Birmingham in November.
Sheffield is the only UTC nationally that has qualified for the UK engineering competitions.
WorldSkills UK inspires young people and adults to work to the highest level. The competitions test a broad range of skills that demonstrate excellence in chosen trades. Industry experts design activities that focus on qualities valued by employers, including teamwork and time management.
Two teams of pairs have qualified to compete in the national mechatronics final. Another two teams are in the national industrial control final.
Students taking part are Alex Conheeney, Kamil Zmich, Matt Toone, Will Davis, Harriett White, Jaye Griffiths, Jacob Staniforth and Edward Anderson.
Nick Crew, principal of UTC Sheffield said: “Having four teams selected for the final is a tremendous achievement, and I am very proud of our students. We are committed to developing the talent of the future and equipping young people with technical skills as well as academic qualifications to boost their career prospects and help regional employers grow.”
Edward Anderson, 18, who will be in the industrial control national final, said: “It’s nail-biting and very difficult. It’s less about competition and more about character. You have to enjoy it and be determined about what you’re doing.”
Alex Reynolds, vice-principal, UTC Sheffield, who leads on engineering curriculum design and development, added: “Students really benefit from competing. They enjoy the challenge.”
Staff from Primetals Technologies – a joint venture between industry heavyweights Siemens Plc and Mitsubishi – which has an employer partnership with the UTC, have mentored students in preparation for WorldSkills UK.
The global employer, whose metals technologies division is based at Sheffield Business Park, provides ongoing support to UTC students with curriculum projects, careers guidance, and provision of high tech equipment.