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Scarborough UTC Plans On Show

Scarborough UTC Plans On Show

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 7:15am 10th February 2015.

People are being invited to find out more about Scarborough’s future University Technical College (UTC), as the project enters an official consultation period.


The college, which is set to open in September 2016, began a six-week consultation phase on Monday 12 January, following the Government’s decision to back the project last August.

The consultation gives parents, students, businesses and local community groups the opportunity to find out more information and ask the UTC’s representatives any questions.


The college will be the first of its kind in the district, and will offer an education route for 14-18 year olds seeking a pathway to employment and further education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects.     


Offering a mixture of academic and practical courses, the curriculum will be designed with input from local employers, including McCain Foods, Unison Ltd, GCHQ, York Potash, Plaxton (ADL) and Dale Power, alongside an education partner, the University of Hull.


Scarborough UTC board member and HR Director of McCain Foods, Richard Smelt, said: “This consultation period is a great opportunity for the community to find out more about the UTC.


“McCain has been a key part of the college’s formation.  We’ve been working in partnership with a number of committed businesses over the past 12 months, so it’s great to see the project taking shape. We’re close to securing a site and are already in the early stages of recruiting for our Principal Designate.


“We see huge value in helping young people to develop into work-ready, skilled individuals. The UTC will deliver great things for local youngsters, businesses and our community as a whole.”


The consultation event will take place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 2pm until 8pm today. Open to the public, representatives and business partners will be able to update visitors with details of the UTC, discuss plans for the future and answer any questions.     




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