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Teenagers urged to apply now

“There has been a very strong demand for places post 16 so we would recommend that young people get in early. If they apply now at 13 or 14-years-old, they will be guaranteed an ongoing place with us once they reach 16.”

Teenagers are being urged to get in early to secure a place at a new type of college that specialises in training students for jobs in the creative and digital media industries, and the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector.

Applications to Yorkshire’s first University Technical College are being accepted from young people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. The new high tech UTC Sheffield opens this September to 14 to 19-year-olds, and its catchment area covers Sheffield City Region.

The UTC Sheffield has already hit its target for applications from 15 to 16-year-olds, and has started a waiting list for that age group. Applications are still being accepted, and particularly now from the 13 to 14-year-old age group.

Principal Nick Crew said, “There has been a very strong demand for places post 16 so we would recommend that young people get in early.  If they apply at 13 or 14-years-od, they will be guaranteed an ongoing place with us once they reach 16.

“We understand that leaving a school and moving to the UTC at that age will be a significant step for some young people which is why, as a small and specialist institution, we have in place a personal support and transition plan so that every child will be known.” 

He added: “The UTC Sheffield will provide a rounded education offering academic qualifications with specialist skills for industry that lead to jobs, and we welcome applications from girls who traditionally have been under-represented in these sectors.”

Parents and young people can sign up for the next free careers and information sessions at www.utcsheffield.org.uk.events. They take place on Tuesday February 12th, February 26th and March 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Creative Lounge, The Workstation, Sheffield. For information email info@utcsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 2602327. 

The first of its kind to open in Yorkshire, the UTC Sheffield will specialise in academic qualifications and vocational training linked to job opportunities. The curriculum has been developed with employers in both the creative and digital media industries and advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors. 

Potential careers in the creative and digital media industries include animation, graphic design, digital communications and marketing, photography, film production and video games development. Advanced engineering and manufacturing careers include developing products for the aerospace, electrical and robotics industries.

The £9.9 million campus, on Shoreham Street, will be fitted with £1 million of specialist equipment including Arduino and Raspberry Pi workshops and IT environments for creating and testing technology, engineering mini factories, advanced design and sound studios, and a multi-use rooftop five-a-side football pitch.

GCSEs and A-levels will be offered alongside specialist vocational diploma courses. Students’ dress code will be related to the world of work and business rather than being a traditional uniform.

More than 40 employers including BBC Radio Sheffield, Technophobia, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Firth Rixson and Tata Steel, across the region are supporting the programme in a bid to train young people in the skills their sectors need to grow by providing industry-related projects, placements, teaching and sponsorship. 

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