First Birthday Celebrations For UTC Sheffield

Pictured: Principal Nick Crew and students celebrate UTC Sheffield's first birthday.

Pictured: Principal Nick Crew and students celebrate UTC Sheffield’s first birthday.

UTC Sheffield is marking a major milestone this week by celebrating its first birthday, today Tuesday September 9th. Civic leaders, educationalists and employers have congratulated students and staff on a successful first year.

The £9.9 million UTC Sheffield, on Matilda Street, for 14 to 19-year-olds, is the first of its kind in Yorkshire. Students complete traditional qualifications, including GCSEs and A Levels, in addition to a technical creative and digital or advanced engineering and manufacturing qualification.

This month, 260 new students have joined the UTC. The facility opened its doors to its first cohort of 220-plusstudents at the start of academic year last year on September 9th 2013. There are more than 450 students in total now on the roll.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “We’ve had an amazing year that has gone so well. I cannot thank our staff, employers, the universities, Sheffield Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Sheffield City Council and lead sponsor The Sheffield College enough for their support in making the UTC a success.”

He added: “The feedback from our students, parents, employers and the Department for Education has been so positive. The progress made by students in the first year is positive as indicated by both Year 10 GCSE results in science and technical learning and AS Level examinations and technical learning taken by our Year 12 students. Recruitment into our second year is healthy with currently more than 450 students on roll.”

There are a total of 600 places overall, which are being filled through a three-year phased recruitment process finishing in September 2015. More than 40 employers are supporting the curriculum. Students can join UTC Sheffield in Year 10 or Year 12. A few places are still available for this academic year. Apply now by emailing admissions@utcsheffield.org.uk or calling 0114 2603970. Applications received before the October half term break will be considered.

Hermione Archer, a Year 12 student who has just joined the UTC, said: “I chose to come here because it is so different from other sixth forms. The facilities are amazing and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many new people from different schools. My aim is to become a web designer in the future and the opportunities here will help me do that. It is exciting and very different.”

Jake Fields, a Year 11 student, who has completed one year, said: “I have been at UTC Sheffield for one year and enjoyed every single minute. Everyone is here to learn so the environment is great. There is a business focus and I really like that. Everyone is creative and imaginative, which is brilliant, and we share our ideas. I am planning to go onto the sixth form next year and after that – the sky’s the limit!”

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

Jon Stewart, Metals Technologies Director, Siemens Plc, said: “Happy first birthday to UTC Sheffield! The last 12 months has been one of pure inspiration, to see kids with a thirst for learning in an environment that stimulates, challenges and supports and will ultimately deliver an engineering skill set that our region needs to prosper.  Siemens are delighted to support the UTC and help deliver professional engineers of the future through direct mentoring on curriculum projects and more general career guidance. Congratulations.”

Darren Mills, Co-founder and Executive Art Director, Sumo Digital, an award winning and independent game development studio, said:“Sumo Digital would like to congratulate UTC Sheffield on a highly successful first year. Sumo has historically built relationships with universities and colleges all over the world and is a proud partner of UTC Sheffield in its first year. Their commitment to nurturing talent and training students to achieve goals, both individually and as a team, is echoed within the culture of Sumo’s studios. Long may it continue.”

Andrew Cropley, Chair of the UTC Sheffield Governing Body, and Executive Director, The Sheffield College, said: “The first birthday of UTC Sheffield is truly something to celebrate. It has been an achievement that exemplifies the extraordinary things that Sheffield can achieve when it really pulls together.  The Sheffield College is proud to have led this project and is profoundly grateful to the partners that have made it possible. We hope that by sharing this milestone we can go a step further to ensuring that every young person in the city region is aware of this exciting educational opportunity.”

Cllr Julie Dore, Sheffield City Council Leader, said: “The University Technical College has been a strong addition to the city’s educational offer and plays an important role in equipping young people with the technical skills that our businesses need. In Sheffield we strongly believe in vocational and technical training and are proud to have the best record for apprenticeships in all of England’s big cities outside London. We look forward to continue working with the UTC to build on the success we have seen in the first year.”

Dr Martin Howarth, Director of the National Centre for Food Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, said: “Sheffield Hallam University continues to be a strong supporter of the city’s first UTC. This strong collaborative spirit is reaping real benefits for the engineers of tomorrow and, with our new National Centre for Food Engineering Excellence just around the corner, this relationship is sure to grow even stronger.”

Richard Wright, Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “It is hard to over state the significance of the UTC methodology and how much business appreciates what it offers. Being able to impact with students from 14 and have an input into the curriculum and teaching means that employers feel they have a real say and that the students are leaving the facility very much fit for purpose. The UTC has delivered everything it said it would in the first year and, as a result, so have employers. I have never seen such a good example of employer engagement.”

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