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Meet Yorkshire’s First University Technical College Principal

Young people, parents and teachers can find out more about a brand new college that will train the next generation in the creative and industrial skills that Sheffield City Region’s businesses need to grow.

“The UTC Sheffield is a brand new and exciting choice for young people in Sheffield City Region. 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 afterwards”

Principal, Nick Crew

Applications are now being accepted for the £9.9 million University Technical College Sheffield on Shoreham Street. The first of its kind in Yorkshire, the UTC Sheffield opens to 14 to 19-year-olds in September 2013 offering GCSEs and A-levels alongside specialist courses.

Young people will develop the academic and technical skills to secure jobs in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative media industries sectors. The UTC Sheffield will be fitted with £1 million of specialist equipment including engineering mini factories, high tech design and sound studios, and a multi-use rooftop five-a-side football pitch.

Now the public can find out more at a series of free taster and showcase events during October where young people, parents and teachers will have the chance to meet UTC Sheffield’s Principal Nick Crew and learn about the courses and qualifications on offer, and careers opportunities.

The events take place at The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, on Tuesday October 9th from 6pm to 8pm; at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on Thursday October 18th from 5pm to 8pm; and at Sheffield Hallam University on Tuesday October 30th from 5.30pm to 8pm. To book a place, go to the events page.

“The UTC Sheffield is a brand new and exciting choice for young people in Sheffield City Region. 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 afterwards,” said Nick, 46, who started his post in September.

He added: “Every child will be known because the UTC Sheffield is a small and specialist institution. Students will also gain an extra year’s worth of learning as attendance hours are longer to reflect the typical working day. I am really looking forward to meeting young people, parents and teachers and answering any questions they may have.”

Nick has personal experience of UTC Sheffield’s ethos. When he left school at 16, Nick completed a four-year apprenticeship in electrical engineering with British Coal and gained a higher national diploma.

He later studied for a degree and teacher training qualification at Sheffield Hallam University. Nick was previously Vice Principal of Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop, and before that, Assistant Headteacher at Tuxford School, Newark, graded outstanding at Ofsted’s last inspection.

Construction work has already begun on the UTC Sheffield site, Shoreham Street, based in the heart of the Creative Industries Quarter and connected to the main rail and bus transport hubs.

Applications are already starting to come in for UTC Sheffield, and are being accepted from young people in Sheffield City Region and beyond. This includes Sheffield as well as Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Bolsover and Bassetlaw.

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