Students from the Isle and all across the region began their first term at the new Humber University Technical College at Scunthorpe.
Specialising in engineering and renewables, with other key subjects, the Humber UTC has an emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning, where students deal with real issues they would expect to find in the workplace.
Around 145 students will study at the UTC this year but in five years’ time it is expected that this number will swell to around 600 students.
Andrew Downing Principal, Humber UTC, said: “Key employers will get involved by setting projects for students, using industry standard equipment they will find in the workplace. Employers will get to know students’ capabilities and strengths, which will stand them in good stead for their future careers. This new way of learning mixes core subjects such as maths and science with practical on-the-job learning so students get the best of both worlds – qualifications and work experience, and can see how the core subjects link into engineering and renewables.”
Coun Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Humber UTC will help regenerate Scunthorpe and bring more people into the town centre. I am pleased that the council has delivered the UTC on schedule by working closely with our partners Clugston. All partners involved in the project have worked tirelessly to ensure we give students a wonderful venue in which to learn.”
Lord Baker, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, said: “The Humber UTC is an excellent example of how a true partnership can work – bringing students and employers together to put them in prime position for future employment.”
The UTC took just over a year to build and cost £9.5m.
Key businesses linked to the UTC include the Royal Air Force, BAE Systems, Tata steelworks, Able UK and many others, plus the University of Hull and North Lindsey College.
David Shepherd, Chairman of the Humber UTC Board, said: “It’s not every day you get this kind of opportunity. It is a new way of learning that puts students in direct contact with employers. For these young people, their careers start right away.”