Education and Doncaster's Economy

The UTC is born out of industry frustration at the very serious shortage of skills in Rail, Construction & Infrastructure, Advanced Manufacturing & Digital Design – specialisms whose shortages continue to be a major constraint to the productivity, growth and competitiveness of businesses both locally and nationally.

In the current economic climate, investment in skills and jobs is more important than ever. Between 2014 and 2024 alone there is a predicted net growth in jobs of 12.5% in construction and 31% in advanced manufacturing as well as 21% in low-carbon industries which will require skills in engineering. Of these jobs, 650 will be at Level 4 plus and 425 at Level 6.

The net additional jobs growth figure for Doncaster across all sectors is 12,000 by 2024.

Doncaster is one of 12 Opportunity Areas identified by the Government as social mobility ‘cold spots’, which are receiving a share of £72 million to raise aspirations and opportunities for the young people who live there. The new UTC will provide more good places for parents and pupils to choose from and will significantly enhance our education offer. The UTC will deliver quality tailored learning packages at KS4 Level 2 and 3 to maximise Doncaster’s considerable economic opportunities and tackle the economic and social challenges we face.

Once up and running, the UTC will:

  • supply trained individuals at Level 3 with a focus on Rail, Construction & Infrastructure, Advanced Manufacturing & Digital Design;
  • strengthen integration between companies, schools and further education providers;
  • increase the number of young people working towards a career pathway in technology and design;
  • strengthen links to industry and job creation by addressing ‘real world’ business needs;
  • capture the potential of a generation of students who now use ICT in a learning environment.

The UTC will deliver a purposeful, project-based approach to learning in the most significant areas of growth in UK employment. It will capture a student’s ambition through a menu of academic (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and technical subjects (Rail, Construction & Infrastructure, Advanced Manufacturing & Digital Design), with achievable and coherent progression routes to employment and higher education. A key recruitment strategy will be to work with industry partners to promote the UTC, create exciting opportunities and real jobs.



Supporters of the bid


  • Doncaster chamber
  • Doncaster College
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Wabtec Rail Limited
  • Women in science engineering and technology
  • Agemaspark
  • Volker Rail
  • Doncaster council
  • Hitachi Rail
  • NHS
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Polypipe
  • Keepmoat Homes
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • High Speed Rail
  • Frog
  • Pennine Stone Limited
  • Unipart Rail
  • Engie
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