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Inspiring Tomorrow’s Creatives, Inventors and Engineers

Parents and young people can discover more about career opportunities in the advanced engineering, and creative and digital industries this month.

An information and taster event is taking place at the new £9.9 million University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield on Tuesday May 20th, between 6pm and 7pm.

To book your free place go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/utc-sheffield-taster-event-tickets-11439763641

UTC Sheffield, for 14 to 19-year-olds, is the first institution of its kind in Yorkshire and the Humber, and recruits from across South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. Students complete GCSEs and A-levels alongside specialist technical qualifications.

The facility opened on Matilda Street last September and is tailored to training young people in the skills needed by regional employers in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital sectors.

Principal Nick Crew said: “We are proud to be leading the way in Yorkshire, and teaching the next generation of creatives, inventors, engineers and technicians. Employers need young people with advanced technical skills in order to generate regional growth and new careers opportunities. I look forward to welcoming parents and young people interested in studying with us, showing them our fantastic industry standard facilities and answering any questions they have.”

Guests will have a chance to meet staff, tour the new facilities, find out about the work-related projects, and get involved in hands-on activities. They will also discover the jobs, careers and higher education opportunities that studying at UTC Sheffield leads to.

Nationally, 17 university technical colleges (UTCs) are open, and 33 are approved. There will be 50 open by 2015. This week, new research 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 are taken from two surveys of 14-18 year old students from both UTCs and other schools. They were commissioned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and published on May 13th.

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

More than twice as many UTC students feel they have gained business know- how compared to their mainstream school counterparts. The survey also shows that almost 70% of students at UTCs believe they have gained valuable practical skills compared to less than half of students from other schools.

More than 40 employers are backing UTC Sheffield in a range of ways. This includes providing guaranteed recruitment interviews, sponsorship and work placements, and shaping the curriculum and its content by setting industry-based projects.

UTC Sheffield has been sponsored and led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors. Sheffield City Council initiated the UTC Sheffield application, and is providing the land on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent.

Applications for Year 10 and Year 12 places starting this September are still being accepted. Go to: https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/apply/ or call 0114 2603970.

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