Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education Visits UTC Sheffield

30 May 2014

Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education Visits UTC Sheffield

Pictured: Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education, (seventh from the right) with UTC Sheffield students and staff, and some of the employers supporting the curriculum. 

UTC Sheffield learners discussed the benefits of studying at the first institution of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber with one of the country’s leading civil servants.

Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education, spoke to staff and students during a visit on Friday May 23rd. He was shown how students work with employers to boost their technical skills in addition to gaining GCSEs and A Levels, and had a tour of the high specification facilities.

The £9.9 million UTC Sheffield, on Matilda Street, is one of 17 university technical colleges nationally. It is the first to open in Yorkshire and the Humber. Students started their courses in September last year. The facility has overall capacity for 600 students. Year 10 and Year 12 places at UTC Sheffield are still available for this September.

By 2015, it is anticipated that 50 UTCs will be open across the country. UTCs teach one or more technical specialisms that meet regional skills shortages and focus on involving employers in delivering the curriculum.

UTC Sheffield specialises in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and the creative and digital sectors, and was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, said: “We are proud to be leading the way in Yorkshire. We were delighted to demonstrate to Mr Wormald how students are progressing and the fantastic support we have received from employers, which ensures our students gain hands-on technical skills as well as traditional academic qualifications.”

Two recent surveys published by the Baker Dearing Trust in May, found that students at UTCs are more confident of getting a job (88%) when they finish education than those at other mainstream schools (75%).

The findings also showed that students at UTCs are more confident of being ‘job ready’ when they do enter the workplace: 88% of UTC students said they felt confident of being job ready compared to 67% of students at other mainstream schools.