Royalty Officially Opens UTC Sheffield

Pictured: UTC Sheffield student Daniel Kay, 16, with His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

Yorkshire and Humber’s first university technical college has been officially opened by His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

“This is a really proud day for all those involved in the UTC project. The official opening marks the end of the successful design and build programme and the start of something really special for the young people of our region.”

Principal, Nick Crew

His Royal Highness met students and staff during a one-hour tour of UTC Sheffield on Matilda Street on October 16th where he unveiled a plaque and signed the visitors’ book.

Ninety two guests attended the ceremony. They included civic leaders, employers, schools, and the lead organisations which helped to get the UTC Sheffield off the ground.

The £9.9 million facility, built by Wates Construction, opened its doors to more than 200 students last month. UTC Sheffield specialises in training young people in the technical skills that employers need, where there are opportunities for business growth.

Students complete a technical qualification in either creative and digital media, or advanced engineering and manufacturing. They also study traditional academic qualifications including GCSEs and A Levels. To apply for a September 2014 place or to book for a free taster event go to https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events/ or call 0114 2603970.

Student Daniel Kay, 16, who is studying advanced engineering and manufacturing, demonstrated to His Royal Highness how to make test parts on a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe.

He said: “It was a great experience. His Royal Highness asked me whether I had programmed the machine software. I explained that my teacher had helped me, and I demonstrated how to test the parts.” Daniel wants to go onto a higher level apprenticeship or university after completing his studies at the UTC Sheffield,

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “This is a really proud day for all those involved in the UTC project. The official opening marks the end of the successful design and build programme and the start of something really special for the young people of our region.”

The UTC Sheffield application has been sponsored and led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors. Sheffield City Council initiated the application, and is providing the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent. The building was designed by HLM Architects.

Andrew Cropley, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College, and Chair of the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported The Sheffield College as the lead sponsor in delivering this project. It’s fantastic to see the UTC reach this major milestone, being officially opened by a member of the Royal Family.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It is great to get the royal seal of approval for this prestigious development here in the heart of the city. It is essential that we equip the next generation with the right education and skills to get them the jobs which are out there, and we firmly believe this UTC will contribute to achieving that across the region.”

Phil Harrison, Managing Director, Wates Construction, Midlands and North, commented: “I am proud to see the fruits of a year’s hard work and dedication come to life as UTC Sheffield takes its place as an exceptional education facility for the young people of the city.”

More than 40 employers are backing UTC Sheffield providing sponsorship and work placements, and shaping the curriculum and its content by setting industry based projects. Key supporters include Siemens Plc, Newburgh Engineering, Rolls Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters, Tata Steel, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, Performance Engineered Solutions, Team Cooper Games, Warp Films, Edumake technology, Resolve IT and Visionmix, and many more. 

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