Tristram Hunt MP Visits UTC Sheffield Students

Banner image: Tristram Hunt visit 16 September 2013

Pictured from left to right: Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Minister, Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, Dave Dalton, British Glass CEO and Andrew Cropley, Chair of the Sheffield UTC Academy Trust..

“We were delighted to welcome Tristram Hunt to provide him with an insight into the unique opportunities that the UTC offers our students.”

Principal, Nick Crew.

Shadow Education Minister Tristram Hunt MP paid a visit to Yorkshire’s first new university technical college, on Monday, September 16th, to see how educators and employers work together to develop the skills that young people and the economy needs to grow.

He was a guest of the Sheffield-based British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, the trade association for the UK glass industry. British Glass, through its Glass Academy initiative, has committed to partner with the colleges on curriculum projects, interviewing for its apprenticeship programme and offering factory tours and careers days.

The first of its kind in the region, the £9.9 million UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street, specialises in technical qualifications in the creative, digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors, as well as offering mainstream academic lessons. The idea is for young people aged 14-19 years old to obtain qualifications employers value the most and prepare them for real jobs with comprehensive work placement programmes.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “Working in close collaboration with employers such as The Glass Academy to deliver the curriculum and live projects will help to provide employers with a well-educated and skilled workforce for the future. We were delighted to welcome Tristram Hunt to provide him with an insight into the unique opportunities that the UTC offers our students.”

Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass and The Glass Academy, added: “It’s been fantastic to show Mr Hunt first-hand how we, acting on behalf of the employers in our industry, are working with innovative new educational institutions to build the future leaders of manufacturing in the UK.”

The first of its kind in the region, the £9.9 million UTC for 14 to 19-year-olds opened this month, and specialises in mainstream academic and technical qualifications for the creative and digital media, and the advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Employers are involved in the delivery of the curriculum. The UTC Sheffield has been sponsored and led by The Sheffield College, and co sponsored by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sheffield Hallam University.

The Glass Academy itself is co-funded by the Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot and the glass industry. The key objectives are to boost apprenticeship numbers, develop more effective links between employers, training providers and learners and to up-skill the current workforce. This will enable the sector to compete in manufacturing markets on a global scale and secure the future of an industry currently worth an estimated £2.5billion to the UK annually.

 

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