Doncaster Chamber urged the business community to get behind their campaign for a university technical college in the town.
Dan Fell, chief executive officer, told the audience: “We, along with other stakeholders, are currently working hard to bring a university technical college to Doncaster.
“UTCs are for 14 to 18-year-olds and brilliantly blend academic and vocational provision. They place a great deal of emphasis on work readiness and also help young people develop key skills in relation to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“It is the chamber’s firm conviction that a UTC will help create exciting pathways for some of our youngsters, complement some of Doncaster’s existing education provision, and help meet the skills need of businesses in town’s: Construction, digital, engineering, manufacturing and rail sectors. To make this happen we need to evidence demand from Doncaster’s private sector.”
Businesses were asked to fill in a ‘pledge of support’ form on their tables, which the chamber will use as further evidence as part of proposals due to be submitted to government and civic leaders.
Mr Fell added: “This will help us deliver another game-changing project for Doncaster and better connect our young people with opportunities in key growth sectors.”
Those who pledged support were also entered into a prize draw to win three pairs of tickets to the international hubs of Amsterdam, Paris or Berlin – courtesy of Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Visit the UTC website at www.doncasterutc.co.uk for more information about the scheme.