Government urged to stop holding young people back over UTC decision

Business and education leaders in Doncaster have reminded the Government that an answer has not yet been made on their joint application for a University Technical College (UTC) to serve young people across the borough.

As soon as it is given the green light, the College will provide a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) based curriculum to 750, 13 to 19 year olds and link them with local businesses to enable a skilled workforce, future career opportunities, inclusive economic growth and social mobility, to remain in Doncaster.

Businesses and education providers have worked hard for the past three years to convince the Government that the UTC is a necessary addition to Doncaster’s education landscape.

This is because the UTC will bridge the skills gap and to link Doncaster’s young people – whatever their background – to the unprecedented levels of growth that the local economy is currently enjoying.

Jodi Savage, sales account manager, Wabtec and Board Member of Women in Rail, said: “Women make up just 16 per cent of the workforce in the UK rail industry and therefore represent an untapped resource pool.

“It has been my hope since we first launched our bid that a UTC in Doncaster would be a trailblazer by being the first to have a gender balanced student base.  I am confident that we can achieve this and can play our small part in increasing the number of females taking up careers in traditionally male technical environments by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

“The bid for a UTC in Doncaster has had incredibly strong business support from the start demonstrating the town’s appetite for a dedicated technical college.  UTC’s equip their students with the essential technical knowledge and skills which are essential for businesses such as Wabtec.”

CEO of Doncaster’s new National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, said: “The UTC will provide the opportunity to engage girls with the wide range of career options that would traditionally be considered ‘male orientated’.

“The world of work is changing and there is a need to ensure a diverse, technically skilled workforce is being developed to meet the emerging needs.”

The project is strongly supported by businesses and organisations including  Keepmoat, Henry Boot Construction, Polypipe, Wirquin, Cementation Skanska, Agemaspark, Peter Brett Associates, Wabtec, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, the National College for High Speed Rail, Doncaster College, DMBC, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and many more.


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