Doncaster is to have its own University Technical College (UTC) to educate the next generation of skilled technicians, engineers, and designers.

The secondary school will help to provide a workforce for the future and ensure Doncaster’s economic sustainability in the advanced engineering, rail and digital design sectors.

Led by Doncaster Chamber and partners within business and education, the UTC will open in September 2020 to students aged between 14 and 19-years. They will have access to a unique learning experience enhanced by close links with local supporting employers to bring the curriculum to life through project work.

The Department for Education commented that Doncaster’s bid showed strong private sector support and clear evidence of deep rooted and committed local partnership.  It has been a real partnership effort, with a variety of schools, universities, public sector organisations and local businesses making every effort to secure Doncaster’s bid.

Chief Executive Officer for Doncaster Chamber, Dan Fell, who leads the town’s UTC steering group said:  “The UTC will provide exciting new opportunities for the borough’s young people to access outstanding technical education here in Doncaster.

“By equipping Doncaster’s fantastic young people with the skills and experience they need to thrive in industry, the UTC will play a key role in tackling the long term skills shortages that are apparent in key sectors such as rail, construction and engineering.  This will ensure that firms in these industries have access to the skilled labour they need to grow and succeed in a competitive global economy – it will also make Doncaster an increasingly attractive destination for inward investors from these sectors.

“The Chamber is a founding member of the UTC and I have been proud to lead the bid for a UTC in recent years on behalf of the local business community.   We could not have got to this point without having a robust and dedicated partnership between the business community, local educationalists, Doncaster MBC and other key stakeholders.  I would applaud everyone involved in this project to date for their vision, tenacity and commitment to Doncaster.  We all now look forwards to working closely with DfE to open a brilliant UTC in Doncaster’s town centre in 2020.”

Doncaster’s UTC will provide an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and specialise in offering Advanced Engineering, Rail and Digital Design sectors.

Work will now continue to recruit the Principal, senior staff and businesses to provide hands-on learning and of course students to be able to open the doors in September 2020.

University Technical Colleges are government-funded schools that offer young people of all abilities and backgrounds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in an innovative way and prepare them to meet the challenges of employment or higher level study to create a highly qualified and skilled workforce for the 21st century.

The talented students produced by this college will benefit not just the region, but also our country, as they contribute to national growth in the engineering sector.