Young people, their parents and carers have been able to find out more about Doncaster University Technical College (UTC) at a special event.
The official launchpad event, which took place at CAST, showcased what the UTC will offer for students in Doncaster.
Doncaster UTC, which will be based in the town centre, just a stone’s throw away from CAST, opens its doors to students in September 2020. In the first year the UTC has capacity for up to 150 students in both Year 9 and 12 specialising in advanced engineering and digital design.
The consultation to open Doncaster UTC is now underway. The UTC will be part of a new Multi Academy Trust called the Brighter Futures Learning Partnership Trust (BFLPT) alongside a number of primary schools and Hungerhill School.
Helen Redford Hernandez, CEO of BFLPT and headteacher at Hungerhill School, said: “We’re just 16 months away from opening Doncaster UTC to students and we wanted to give young people an insight into what an education at this exciting new school will be like.
“This launchpad event gave interested parties a chance to come and talk to the people behind Doncaster UTC both from the world of education and business.
“Our business partners, who hope to be future employers of Doncaster UTC students, were showcasing some of the fantastic roles their engineering and digital design teams fulfil. Education leaders from Hungerhill also joined the event to talk about the curriculum and the educational aspirations of the college.
“This was the first chance for the public to be able to find out more about Doncaster UTC and all that it has to offer as a technical based education.”
Doncaster UTC will be a distinctive school for 13-19 year olds led by employers, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University, to provide an innovative and engaging applied learning environment and unique learning experience. With a core curriculum based around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, the UTC specialises in advanced engineering and digital design.
Jack Pendle, engineering director from Volker Rail, one of the UTC’s employer partners said: “It was great to see so many families, young people and interested parties visit CAST to find out more about Doncaster UTC.
“We are proud to be a part of the team driving this new educational offer forward for the young people in and around the town.
“The young generation are the future of engineering and we’ll be looking to employ people who are equipped with the digital skills needed to compete in the industry and Doncaster UTC will provide those potential employees with the STEM skills that we need.”
University Technical Colleges are government-funded schools that offer young people of all abilities and backgrounds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in an innovative way, work closely with business, and prepare them to meet the challenges of employment or higher level study to create a highly qualified and skilled workforce for the 21st century.
The talented students produced by this UTC will benefit not just the region, but also the country, as they contribute to national growth in the engineering sector.
For more information visit www.doncasterutc.co.uk