Home for Doncaster’s University Technical College agreed
Doncaster’s new University Technical College (UTC) will be located on the site of the former Council House in the town’s fast developing Civic and Cultural Quarter.
The decision, made by Mayor Ros Jones and her Cabinet (31 July), will see Doncaster Council contribute the land required for the UTC project. The scheme is being led by Doncaster Chamber and recently secured Government backing.
The UTC will give 13 to 18 year olds from across the borough the opportunity to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and gain the advanced engineering and digital design skills and qualifications needed for a 21st century workforce.
Working closely with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, industry partners and local employers, it will bring the curriculum to life through project based work. This will offer young people another route into higher education and future employment.
The Doncaster UTC will open in September 2020 and build up to a maximum capacity of 750 students over time.
Commenting on the decision, Mayor Ros Jones, said: “The Doncaster UTC is part of our ambitious plans to transform education across the borough and help our young people find the right academic and vocational route so they make the most of their talents and gain rewarding and successful jobs.
“It complements our Social Mobility Opportunity Area (SMOA) and Post 16 Review plans by providing a centrally based educational facility which young people from all across our borough can easily get to. Its hands-on learning approach and engineering and digital design focus also fits in well with the National College for High Speed Rail. Young people are our future so it is only right that we contribute the site to make this UTC a reality. When we invest in people to develop their skills and capabilities, we all benefit from a stronger economy and society.”
Dan Fell, Chief Executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “We have achieved yet another key milestone in delivering an outstanding technical school that will benefit Doncaster’s businesses and young people alike. I am delighted that Mayor Jones has decided to make available our preferred site for Doncaster UTC.
“From day one, the UTC Project Group – which I am privileged to Chair – has been determined to locate the new learning institution on a high quality site in Doncaster’s town centre. This is for two reasons; firstly, it is important that the UTC can be accessed by young people from all of Doncaster’s communities – being located in the centre of Doncaster and close to public transport links helps us achieve this, secondly, it is vitally important that people recognise that vocational education is extremely valuable and leads to high quality and well paid jobs in industry, a prestigious town centre location helps to convey that message.
“The UTC acts as yet another reminder that public-private partnerships are working here in Doncaster. I look forwards to working closely with a range of business leaders and partners to open the UTC in September 2020.”
Located in the Waterdale area of Doncaster’s town centre, the UTC will see students return to the area. The chosen site is just a stone’s throw from where Doncaster College used to be based before it moved to the Hub.
The UTC will play its part in breathing new life into the area by bringing increased footfall.
The Cast performance venue, new civic offices, exceptional public spaces, including Sir Nigel Gresley Square, and high quality homes have already changed the urban landscape in the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
The UTC is part of the next chapter which includes a new Culture and Learning Centre, incorporating the former Girls’ School, and a new cinema and restaurant complex located next to Cast and framing the public square.
Mayor Jones continued: “The UTC is another important element of our Urban Centre Masterplan which is transforming Doncaster’s town centre. It will form part of our Civic and Cultural Quarter which is moving on at pace. As well as attracting more people into the centre of town, the quarter is encouraging investment, jobs and growth. A strong and vibrant centre has positive knock-on effects for other parts of the borough too. It is exciting to see our plans coming to fruition.”