Doncaster is to have its own University Technical College (UTC) to educate the next generation of skilled technicians, engineers, and designers, it was announced today.
The secondary school will help to provide a workforce for the future and ensure Doncaster’s economic sustainability in the advanced engineering, rail and digital design sectors.
Led by Doncaster Chamber, council and partners within business and education, the UTC will open in September 2020 to students aged between 14 and 19-years. They will have access to a unique learning experience enhanced by close links with local supporting employers to bring the curriculum to life through project work.
The Department for Education commented that Doncaster’s bid showed strong private sector support and clear evidence of deep rooted and committed local partnership. It has been a real partnership effort, with a variety of schools, universities, public sector organisations and local businesses making every effort to secure Doncaster’s bid.
Chief Executive Officer for Doncaster Chamber, Dan Fell, who leads the town’s UTC steering group said: “I am absolutely delighted by the Department for Education’s decision to approve Doncaster’s bid to open a University Technical College.
“The UTC will provide exciting new opportunities for the borough’s young people to access outstanding technical education here in Doncaster. By equipping Doncaster’s fantastic young people with the skills and experience they need to thrive in industry, the UTC will play a key role in tackling the long term skills shortages that are apparent in key sectors such as: rail, construction and engineering. This will ensure that firms in these industries have access to the skilled labour they need to grow and succeed in a competitive global economy; it will also make Doncaster an increasingly attractive destination for inward investors from these sectors.
“The Chamber is a founding member of the UTC and I have been proud to lead the bid for a UTC in recent years on behalf of the local business community. We could not have got to this point without having a robust and dedicated partnership between the business community, local educationalists, Doncaster MBC and other key stakeholders. I would applaud everyone involved in this project to date for their vision, tenacity and commitment to Doncaster. We all now look forwards to working closely with DfE to open a brilliant UTC in Doncaster’s town centre in 2020.”
Mayor Ros Jones, said:
“It has been a long held ambition of the council, Doncaster Chamber, local businesses and the whole of Team Doncaster to bring a University Technical College to Doncaster so it is fantastic news that we now have the green light from government. We have just published a review of post 16 education across Doncaster and one of its key recommendations to improve outcomes for young people is to improve quality and choice in Doncaster’s further and higher education opportunities so our communities have clearer routes into employment which the UTC will be an integral part of.
“The UTC will become a vital pathway into further education and employment for our young people and is part of our comprehensive plans to have a diverse educational offer that provides our young people with the best opportunity to learn and thrive.
“The UTC will link our young people with local businesses so they gain the technical skills needed by industry. It will also complement the National College for High Speed Rail by providing another route for our young people to build a successful and rewarding career which supports inclusive economic growth. These are exciting times for Doncaster as we continue to build for the future.”
“We have long supported Doncaster’s bid for a University Technical College and it is fantastic news that this will now come to fruition. We want to see opportunities extended to more and more of our young people and that is what the UTC is designed to do. It will play an essential role in providing our young people with the skills and qualifications needed to continue the legacy of Doncaster being at the forefront in engineering innovation and design." Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton, DBE, Rt Hon Ed Miliband Rt Hon Caroline Flint, MP's for Doncaster
“This is fantastic news for our young people in Doncaster. Gaining skills in advanced engineering and digital design, and being involved in industry-led projects, will give learners the perfect opportunity to secure those high-skilled jobs that are increasingly coming to the Sheffield City Region. My congratulations and thanks go to everyone who has worked so hard to secure this new college.” Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield City Region
“Polypipe welcome the recent announcement regarding Doncaster UTC. Having worked with the project team we are looking forward to being involved in the development of the UTC and see its opening in Doncaster as a real benefit to our future. Polypipe’s roots are in Doncaster since we commenced in 1980 and we have continued to grow internationally. Further growth is dependent on new talent joining our organisation each year and we welcome the opportunity to be an integral part of developing young people with the skills and experiences needed to enter the engineering world.” Cameron McLellan, Managing Director, Polypipe