UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus, built by BAM Construction, has been handed over on time as planned.
The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the UTC.
Jason Pepper, Chair of the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park Campus Steering Group, and Executive Director, The Sheffield College, said: “This is an exciting milestone for students, employers and the city.”
He added: “The Sheffield College has been delighted to lead on this visionary project because we are committed to supporting the regional economy, creating jobs for young people and filling skills gaps for employers. I want to thank everyone who has backed this project for their steadfast commitment and support.”
A total of 137 students have started at the UTC. They moved into the £10 million facility on Monday, September 26th. They spent the first two weeks of the new term completing an induction and employer visits, being previously based at Oasis Academy Don Valley nearby which is also on the Olympic Legacy Park.
Sarah Clark, Principal, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus, said: “I am thrilled to welcome students to our fantastic new building and want to thank everyone who has supported us. The innovative curriculum and facilities have been designed with employers and prepare young people for great careers in the healthcare and sports science, and computing sectors.”
The UTC specialises in training 14 to 19-year-olds in the technical skills that employers need for the healthcare and sports science, and computing sectors. Students complete a technical qualification in one of the specialisms as well as traditional academic qualifications: GCSEs and A Levels.
Clive Betts MP, Sheffield South East, commented: "It is very encouraging to see the city’s second UTC breathing new life into the area, and providing a legacy for young people and employers, as part of the broader multi-million pound Olympic Legacy Park development.”
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I am delighted to see students starting at the University Technical College this September. The new campus provides students with the opportunity to study alongside elite athletes, use the cutting-edge facilities for healthcare technologies, sports and sports science as well as extend the range of learning opportunities for young interested in careers in the health sector, medical and sports technologies, or programming and system design."
She added: “These are all growing areas in the global as well as the local economy and the new UTC offers the opportunity for 14 to 19-year-olds to work closely with local employers and universities at the cutting edge of development in these sectors.”
The new facility is fitted with £600,000 of specialist equipment, and is one of 11 new UTCs that opened nationally this month.
Jason Pink, Construction Director for BAM, explained: “We’ve used a range of modern methods to make this building happen very quickly and on budget. At the same time our team has been local itself, used the services of a range of other local companies, and we’ve helped six young people further their apprenticeships."
He added: “The build has been a very positive experience all round, and this has been based on the close working relationships established here and our early involvement in the scheme. I’m delighted to see young people here so soon after handing over.”