Isle students invited to Humber UTC recruitment

North Lincolnshire Council Logo
North Lincolnshire Council Logo

Prospective students to the Humber’s first University Technical College (UTC) can make themselves known on Saturday.

Recruitment will be at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College, from 9.30am to noon. The event is aimed at both young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts – from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College. And take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015. It will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime – to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts. Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

Coun Liz Redfern, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Work is well underway on creating the region’s first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

“This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK’s leading training centre for BAE systems.

“We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go. The event on Saturday will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed.”