Over 200 jobs will be created with the building of a new £9.5m University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe.
Construction work on the building will begin in August for a September 2015 opening. It is expected that the project will create around 150 jobs in the early stages, and around 70 teaching jobs when completed.
The UTC is a government-funded school for 14 to 19 year-olds that will have significant input from businesses and education partners from across the region. It will specialise in engineering and renewable energy, alongside more traditional subjects including English, maths and science.
The Local Education Partnership – comprising North Lincolnshire Council and Engage, its delivery partner – will be appointed to ensure that the project is delivered on time.
The UTC aims to prepare young people from North Lincolnshire and the Humber for the world of work. All successful UTC graduates will be offered an interview with a major employer and a conditional offer to study engineering at the University of Hull.
Coun Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The new UTC will be built in the heart of the town centre where the former leisure centre stood in Church Square – close to the shops, library, market, and 20-21 Visual Art Centre. It will create a massive boost to the town.
“We gave local residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on the UTC plans at an event held in April and through our online consultation. Their views will help shape the UTC and ensure that we are providing a facility that meets parents’ and young people’s needs.
“Using local contractors means a great deal. We are able to keep jobs local, and use local sub-contractors and suppliers.”
Richard Alport, General Manager, Local Education Partnership, said: “Working with North Lincolnshire Council, we will draw on our established supply chain to deliver a locally resourced building. With Clugston Construction being a supply chain partner to the LEP, we will use local subcontractors and suppliers. This is a fantastic opportunity for local companies and we look forward to working with the council and other partners on this huge development.”
Ian Pashby, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at the University of Hull, said: “The UTC will provide young people with the academic knowledge and technical skills they need to progress into higher education or directly into careers with existing companies and those moving to the area. We are very excited to be a part of this development, and look forward to helping these young people prepare for their future.”