New South Yorkshire Mayor hears the views of university technical college students

Posted on 17 May 2022 in UTC Sheffield City Centre


New South Yorkshire Mayor hears the views of university technical college students

South Yorkshire’s newly elected Mayor has met students at one of Sheffield’s university technical colleges to hear about the issues that matter to them.

Oliver Coppard visited UTC Sheffield City Centre, on Matilda Street, to find out more about young people’s views following his election as South Yorkshire Mayor this month.

Mayor Coppard discussed topics including the economy, food banks, homelessness, mental health services, new technologies, transport and South Yorkshire’s identity during the May 12th visit.

The UTC recruits young people, aged 13 to 19, from across South Yorkshire and specialises in engineering and advanced manufacturing and creative and digital media.

Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “We were pleased to welcome Mayor Coppard. It is important for our students to take part in the democratic process and understand how decisions made regionally will impact on them.”

Oliver Coppard, South Yorkshire Mayor, added: “It was great to meet such a brilliant group of young people at the UTC, who told me about their hopes for better public transport, mental health support and helping people going through homelessness.

“As South Yorkshire’s Mayor I have promised to encourage young people to engage with the processes and decisions that will shape their future, and that has to start by hearing their views and understanding what is most important to them.”