Cabinet sign off site location for Doncaster's university technical college

Councillors have signed off the location of Doncaster's new university technical college.

At a meeting today, cabinet members on Doncaster Council today revealed the plans for the UTC will be situated at the former Council House on the corner of College Road in Waterdale.

An artist's impression of the new UTC

An artist's impression of the new UTC

The decision means Doncaster Council will contribute the land required for the £10 million 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects and 'gain the advanced engineering and digital design skills and qualifications needed for a 21st century workforce'.

Partners include Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield and Doncaster businesses.

The site will open in September 2020 and to cater for a maximum of 750 pupils.

An artist's impression of the new UTC

An artist's impression of the new UTC

Speaking at the meeting, 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's a 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.”

Also at the meeting, Dan Fell, chief executive of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, 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."