Community 18.06.15

New report shows strong public support for UTC 2

UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing is due to open at the Olympic Legacy Park in September 2016.
Results from a report on the eight-week public consultation show that 81 per cent of the 335 respondents back the project moving forwards by applying for a government funding agreement. Only 6 per cent disagreed and 13 per cent didn’t know.
UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing is being led by The Sheffield College.  Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry are co-sponsors.
The £10 million facility will provide 14 to 19-year-olds with academic qualifications and technical skills for the computing, healthcare technology, sports science, exercise medicine and wellbeing sectors. Employers will influence the building design and be central to the curriculum.
The public can find out more at a community event at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Coleridge Road, on Tuesday July 14th from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. To book a place, go to:
Andrew Cropley, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted with the consultation response, which demonstrates strong public support for a second university technical college in the city.”
He added: “As with the first UTC, the second one will give young people an employer-led educational experience. For businesses, this provides an opportunity to shape every aspect of that for 600 of our talented young people to ensure that they create the very best future workforce. It also demonstrates, very clearly, The Sheffield College’s commitment to investing in the skills needs of businesses across Sheffield City Region.”
Richard Wright, Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added: “The launch of Yorkshire’s first UTC has been a real success in Sheffield and we expect no less from the second one. UTCs ensure that employers and educationalists work together, creating a win win for them and the students. Students benefit from gaining the skills and experience to secure jobs and careers and employers get the staff they need to push the economy forward. It’s about working in partnership to achieve something better.”
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