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Sheffield MPs Tour Yorkshire’s First University Technical College

“The UTC is at the heart of my constituency and so I was delighted to visit. The facilities are outstanding and it’s clear the UTC is providing a springboard for its pupils to go on to be a success in some of the key industries for Sheffield and South Yorkshire like advanced manufacturing, and creative and digital industries.”

Paul Blomfield, MP

Pictured: Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts (far right) pictured with UTC Sheffield students and staff including Brigidin Crowther, Assistant Principal, Nick Crew, Principal, and Andrew Cropley, Chair of the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust.

Sheffield MPs Tour Yorkshire’s First University Technical College

Students at Yorkshire’s first university technical college have shown MPs some of academic learning and technical skills they have gained since starting at the new £9.9 million facility, which opened this term.

Local constituency MP Paul Blomfield, who represents Sheffield Central, and Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, were given a tour of the engineering and creative and digital media facilities by staff and students on Friday December 6th.

Nick Crew, Principal of UTC Sheffield, said: “Both MPs are very impressed by the excitement and enthusiasm of our students and the solid backing that we have gained from industry to equip our students with a well rounded education.”

At UTC Sheffield, students complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as technical courses in two specialisms that reflect areas of regional business growth. They are the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and the creative and digital media industries sectors.

Paul Blomfield MP said:“The UTC is at the heart of my constituency and so I was delighted to visit. The facilities are outstanding and it’s clear the UTC is providing a springboard for its pupils to go on to be a success in some of the key industries for Sheffield and South Yorkshire like advanced manufacturing, and creative and digital industries. I was struck by the way in which the college gives students the opportunity to integrate two different disciplines to develop practical applications and products.”

Clive Betts MP added: “I was impressed by both the facilities and the young people who showed me round, who demonstrated such enthusiasm and commitment to their studies. The curriculum mix of the academic with the very practical will equip students with highly relevant skills for their future.”

Andrew Cropley, Chair of the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, added: “We serve young people throughout Sheffield City Region and welcome the support we have received from local MPs who recognise the UTC’s contribution to filling regional skills gaps and providing careers opportunities for students.”

The UTC is fitted with £1 million of specialist equipment including engineering mini factories, high tech design and sound studios, and a multi-use rooftop sports pitch. Overall student capacity at the facility is set to increase to 600 places overall.

Applications for places for September 2014 at the UTC Sheffield are being accepted now. To download the new prospectus, go to www.utcsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 2603970. You can also follow us on Twitter @utcsheffield.

 

 

 

 

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