Jobs boost as work on new college begins

An artist's impression of the new �9.5m University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe.
An artist's impression of the new �9.5m University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe.

Isle people could benefit from the creation of 200-plus new jobs, as work begins on a new £9.5m University Technical College in Scunthorpe.

Construction of the building begins in August for a planned September 2015 opening. The work is expected to bring around 150 jobs in the early stages, with 70 teaching vacancies to be advertised later.

Local company Clugston Construction will head the development with many sub-contracting opportunities for other firms from across the area.

The UTC is a government-funded school for 14 to 19 year-olds that will have input from businesses and education partners from across the region.

It will specialise in engineering and renewable energy, alongside more traditional subjects.

Successful UTC graduates will, in the future, be offered an interview with a major employer and a conditional offer to study engineering at Hull University.

Coun Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The new UTC will be in the heart of the town centre where the former leisure centre stood in Church Square.

“ It will create a massive boost to the town.

“We gave local residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on the plans at an event in April and through 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 of theLocal Education Partnership, said: “Working with North Lincolnshire Council, we will draw on our established supply chain to deliver a locally resourced building. This is a fantastic opportunity for local companies.”

And speaking about the importance of the new Humber UTC for all kinds of career development across the region, 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 about these future opportunities to be offered.”