Proposed college moves a step closer

An artist's impression of the proposed North Lincolnshire University Technical College.
An artist's impression of the proposed North Lincolnshire University Technical College.

A PROPOSED state-of-the-art University Technical College (UTC) to be used by Isle students has moved a step closer.

For the next stage of the project the UTC Advisory Board representatives are meeting the Baker Dearing Educational Trust today, January

9, and they will then be interviewed on February 5 by the Department for Education.

Representatives of the Advisory Board that will present the case for a UTC based in North Lincolnshire, include key partners University of Hull,

North Lindsey College, Able UK and Tata Steel.

The UTC will be open to 14 to 19 year-olds from across the Isle of Axholme.

It will provide GCSE courses in English, maths and science combined with a modern foreign language and humanities subject. As well as providing practical and technical qualifications which are recognised by employers and universities; specialising in renewables and engineering.

It will be led by the University of Hull and Able UK Ltd and supported by other partner organisations such as North Lincolnshire Council, Tata

Steel, North Lindsey College and Clugston.

The council would like residents views on the proposal. To have your say, complete the online survey. Two surveys have been created; one for potential students and their parents/carers and another for businesses.

You can complete the surveys online until the end of February 2013, by visiting the council’s website at www.northlincs.gov.uk/business/proposed-north-lincolnshire-university-technical-college-for-engineering/have-your-say/.

Over the coming weeks the UTC Advisory Board will engage with existing schools and academies in the area to establish ways of working together.

The UTC expects to find out whether it has been successful in gaining funding in late March 2013 and it should be open for its first intake of

students by September 2014.

The UTC will be called Renewables and Engineering UTC and will be operated by North Lincolnshire UTC Ltd.

Cllr Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The University Technical College (UTC) will ensure young people are ‘ready for work’ in existing industries in the area and in new industries anticipated for the area in the renewables sector.

It is expected that all young people attending the UTC will go on to complete high level apprenticeships with an employer or further their studies at

a university. Work is well underway to shape the vision and plan for how the UTC will achieve this.

“It is very important for people in North Lincolnshire to have their say on the proposed UTC. The Advisory Board want to ensure that local people

take the opportunity to provide feedback on this exciting project.

“The UTC will provide space for up to 600 students (about 60 per cent from North Lincolnshire and 40 per cent from other areas). This will

give students a real choice for their future careers, building on academic success and raising aspirations for our young people.”