Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield University Technical College construction begins

Man in a steel works
Image caption Students at the UTC will work with employers including Tata Steel

Construction work has started on a new £8.5m college dedicated to specialist technical industries in Sheffield.

The Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) will have a capacity to offer 600 teenagers training in the engineering and digital sectors.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction work at the Matilda Street site on Friday.

The college, which is scheduled to open in September 2013, will be Yorkshire's first UTC.

Wates Construction, the main contractor for the project, said the college would be a "groundbreaking centre of innovation that puts Yorkshire once again at the very forefront of original thinking".

The UTC will work alongside employers including Tata Steel, Boeing and Newburgh Engineering.

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