Deputy Prime Minister Champions Manufacturing in Sheffield

Mr Clegg Visits Sheffield Business Park with BG

Deputy Prime Minister Champions Manufacturing in Sheffield

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP, Nick Clegg, visited the prospective site of the new c.£90m British Glass Academy building in Sheffield, followed by a tour of the city’s University Technical College (UTC) to meet young people studying engineering, manufacturing and design courses.

This follows his announcement a few months ago of £5m funding for the British Glass Academy Building as part of the Sheffield City Regional Growth Deal. The provision of a dedicated building will enable us to significantly extend our facilities, to include ‘mini’ factories for training, R&D facilities and a dedicated educational centre.

Mr Clegg visited phase two of Sheffield Business Park, the prospective location of the new building, which is also the site of the University of Sheffield’s proposed new advanced manufacturing research campus. Work on the University’s Factory 2050 has already begun and a masterplan to develop out 50 acres of land, secured by the University for a range of advanced manufacturing initiatives, is currently in preparation. Co-locating the Glass Academy at the heart of the Sheffield City Region’s growing advanced manufacturing hub would offer significant opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass and The Glass Academy, said: “The glass industry is rooted in the work of a Sheffield University department 100 years ago so it’s fitting that the creation of the British Glass Academy world class centre of excellence as the hub of glass training in the UK will be based in Sheffield in collaboration with the University.”

The Deputy Prime Minister was then given a tour of UTC Sheffield before meeting a group of enthusiastic learners from a range of technical courses.

The first of its kind in the region, the £10million UTC Sheffield specialises in technical qualifications in the creative, digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors, as well as offering mainstream academic lessons. The idea is for young people aged 14-19 years old to obtain qualifications employers value the most and prepare them for real jobs with comprehensive work placement programmes.

British Glass, through its Glass Academy initiative, has committed to partner with the college on leading curriculum projects, interviewing for its apprenticeship programme and offering careers days.

Nick Clegg MP, said: “After securing investment for the new British Glass Academy and the Universities’ Factory 2050 down in Westminster, it’s hugely satisfying to come back to Sheffield and see shovels starting to go in the ground. Our advanced manufacturing hub is fast becoming the envy of the world and both these new world class developments will only enhance our reputation even further. This can only mean even more investment and jobs for local people.

“Talking to some of the students at Sheffield’s excellent new UTC brings it home just how important it is to carry on building a stronger and more balanced economy. We want to make sure that young people in our area have the best possible chance to gain a good job and get on in life.”

 

 

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