The new University Technical College in Doncaster will soon be training hundreds of students to become experts in engineering and digital technology to meet local demand for world-class engineering and design skills. Up to 750 13 to 19 year olds will be trained in the latest rail engineering techniques, coding and 3D design starting with September 2020.
The Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council have been leading the plans, working with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University alongside leading businesses from across South Yorkshire, including Volker Rail and Keepmoat.
Pupils at Doncaster UTC will study core GCSEs and A levels alongside a high-quality technical curriculum that focuses on teaching them key digital and engineering skills, designed with local and national employers.
The announcement is part of a wider government drive to deliver a world-class technical education system that rivals the best performing countries, giving young people genuine choice about their future and developing the skills that are truly valued by employers. It also follows the recent unveiling of the first providers selected to teach new T Levels from 2020 by Education secretary Damian Hinds.
T Levels will provide a high-quality, technical alternative to A levels and is part of a £500 million a year programme to ensure people across the country have the skills the country needs to compete globally. This investment is part of the Industrial Strategy, which is investing in digital and technical education to help generate well paid, highly skilled jobs across the country.
The government is also working with hundreds of industry partners as part of the Year of Engineering to offer a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering to young people throughout 2018 and help tackle the estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates a year facing the UK.