First £9m Sheffield technical college leader revealed

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THE first principal of a new £9.9 million technical college in Sheffield has been announced as course applications start coming in.

Nick Crew is to lead the first University Technical College in the region when it opens on Shoreham Street, in the city centre, next year.

It will offer 14- to 19-year-olds GCSES, A-Levels and specialist courses in creative and industrial skills designed to help the city’s businesses grow.

Attendance hours will be longer to reflect the typical working day and courses will develop students’ skills to secure jobs in the advanced manufacturing, engineering and creative media industries.

And £1m of specialist equipment – such as mini engineering factories – plus a multi-use rooftop football pitch are to be fitted.

Nick, aged 46, is a former electrical engineering apprentice who become vice-principal of Outwood Academy Valley in Worksop and then assistant headteacher at Tuxford School, near Retford.

He said: “The college is a brand new and exciting choice for young people.

“Students will learn how to make, create and innovate, gaining a well-rounded education steeped in practical skills, and academic and vocational qualifications, leading to real jobs or university.

“Every child will be known because the college is a small and specialist institution.

“Students will also gain an extra year’s worth of learning as attendance hours are longer.”

A series of free taster events during October will also help people find out more about the college, its courses and meet Nick, who started in his post this month.

He added: “I am really looking forward to meeting young people, parents and teachers and answering any questions they may have.”

Work has begun on building the college and applications are coming in.

The first events take place at The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, on Tuesdays October 2 and 9 from 6pm to 8pm.

To book a place or download a prospectus visit www.utcsheffield.org.uk.