Innovative plans to build the city’s second university technical college (UTC) on the Olympic Legacy Park have taken another leap forward.
UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing is being sponsored by The Sheffield College and is due to open in September 2016. Its co-sponsors are Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
Sheffield City Council has agreed to transfer over the land to the UTC Trust. The decision was given the go-ahead by the city’s cabinet at a recent meeting on May 27th. The move has been welcomed by the College.
Andrew Cropley, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development, The Sheffield College, said: "We are very excited at the potential for this UTC to develop highly skilled and motivated young people to support the city’s growth prospects and its wellbeing."
He added: "Our position on the Olympic Legacy Park and the opportunities this will give our students to work with professional athletes, healthcare professionals and cutting edge researchers will make this a unique and inspirational learning environment. We are hugely appreciative of the support that the city council has given to ensuring this project will succeed.”
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is leading the way in education with not just one, but two university technical colleges. Not only will this UTC be a huge boost in driving forward our ambition to making sure every young person gets the right training for future jobs, it also adds to our plans to boost education in this area, which includes our brand new through school."
She added: "Our vision for the city is that all children, young people and families achieve their full potential. I'm pleased to be working with The Sheffield College and other partners again and have no doubt this second UTC will play a big part in helping us to achieve our ambition. It is vital that we make sure our next generation of young people have the right skills and experience they need to get jobs and opportunities in years to come. This UTC will improve their chances of securing these while at the same time give them useful skills which will ultimately benefit the local economy in the future.”
The UTC will offer places for up to 600 students, aged 14-19, and it will specialise in human sciences and computing. It will form a key part of the city’s Olympic Legacy Park, which will include a multi-million pound stadium, indoor sports facilities, the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and other opportunities for private sector investment.
UTC 2 is backed by The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Sheffield City Council, alongside employers including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Council is represented on the Governing Body of UTC 2. The procurement of the construction of the building will be a matter solely for the UTC Academy Trust in association with government consultants.
The Sheffield College is also the sponsor of the city’s first UTC specialising in advanced engineering and creative and digital, which opened its Matilda Street doors two years ago.