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Principal Speaks At International Trade Conference

Pictured: UTC Sheffield Principal Nick Crew

UTC Sheffield Principal Nick Crew is part of an expert panel at an international trade conference this week.

The German British Forum Conference, in Manchester, on Wednesday, January 28th, will discuss ideas about training, funding and exports for mid-sized companies, and for UK companies to find routes to market in Germany.

While much of Germany’s engineering capability is the envy of Europe, British companies may feel they have the edge over German firms in certain aspects of business such as customer service. The conference will explore what small and mid-sized, privately owned companies, from both countries looking for international growth can learn from one another.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “I am delighted to be invited to take part in an expert panel which will discuss skills development to create a wold class workforce. The UTC model is very similar to the German technical education model, so we have some common ground.”

The £9.9 million facility on Matilda Street, Sheffield city centre, is the first UTC in Yorkshire and Humber. It has 440 students on roll after opening in September 2013.

Students complete GCSEs and A-levels alongside specialist technical qualifications tailored to the skills needed by regional employers in the advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital sectors. Employers set work-related projects and support the curriculum.

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. Go to www.utcsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 2603970.

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