MPs back city’s brand new technical college

Artist's impression of the Sheffield University Technical College
Artist's impression of the Sheffield University Technical College
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South Yorkshire MPs are backing a new college opening in Sheffield in September.

The University Technical College, for 14- to 19-year-olds, will offer academic and technical qualifications, and work-based learning for the advanced engineering, manufacturing, creative and digital media industries alongside GCSEs and A-levels.

Applications are still being accepted for Year 10 places from young people in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

The college has already hit its target for applications from 15- to 16-year-olds.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield said: “I’m delighted there’s been so much interest from young people. The UTC will provide fantastic new opportunities for young people to get the skills they need to be a success in some of the key industries for South Yorkshire.”

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn said: “In South Yorkshire, elsewhere in the UK and around the world, businesses are looking for people with engineering and technical skills. This new college will offer girls and boys the chance to gain the skills they need to apply for the highly technical jobs out there.”

David Blunkett, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, said: “The UTC will be another important addition to the choices available to young people and to ensuring that we play to their strengths.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said: “I’m delighted to support UTC. These exciting sectors are crucial to the future of our economy and face a shortage of skilled workers in Yorkshire.”

Principal Nick Crew said: “Students will gain a well- rounded education leading to real jobs or university afterwards.”