Yorkshire... The Heart of Engineering
The strength of Scarborough UTC is its close working relationship with employers that is forged through the workplace, University of Hull and the UTC Trust.
By exposing our brightest and most determined young people to the full scale of engineering and design disciplines and opportunities, we will provide a unique learning experience and strongly reflect the commitment of the employers and the University of Hull to ensure the best educational offering in North Yorkshire.
Scarborough UTC is there every step of the way through the key stages of the student’s education. We will help to lay the foundations in engineering, design and control whilst also guiding towards a clear onward learning path through further education, University or the workplace.
Scarborough UTC, a University Advanced Engineering, Design & Control, will deliver school leavers educated in valued STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) academic qualifications, relevant professional and technical skills together with outstanding employee characteristics and leadership potential.
Scarborough UTC, a University Technical College graduates will have the skills and qualifications to succeed in 21st Century jobs across the wide range of engineering design applications, including robotics, software development, control systems, medical and environmental engineering, automotive and aeronautical engineering and many more, whilst having the skills that both local employers and universities are looking for now and in the future. We are driven to inspire the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.
The strength of the UTC is its close working relationship with employers that is forged through the workplace, Hull University and the UTC. Exposing our young professionals to the full scale of engineering and design discipline and opportunities, together this is providing a unique learning experience and reflects strongly the commitment of the employers and Hull University to ensure the best educational offer in North Yorkshire.
Each individual pathway that the student takes the UTC is there every step of the way through the key stages of their education. Helping to lay the foundations in engineering, design and control whilst also helping to provide a clear onward learning path either through further education, University or the workplace.
By 2020, there will be an anticipated additional 2,000 jobs in the Scarborough area alone. The wider region is already facing a real skills deficit with companies experiencing double digit growth, and there is a need for technicians and engineers to satisfy market demand.
Three quarters of local industry partners expect to grow but are struggling to recruit with 90% relying on agency staff, and 55% using training provision from outside of the Borough. The catchment for Scarborough UTC reaches from Whitby in the North, to Malton in the West and Bridlington in the South, where the biggest skills gaps are in electrical engineering and control systems, underpinned by the biggest education gaps in Maths and Science.
Currently, in Scarborough alone, 37% of employees are aged over 50 and as a result, within ten years, a number of businesses will not be viable without a sustainable source of new highly-skilled employees.
Yorkshire’s history is steeped in the exploits of local inventors and pioneers, whose creations are strongly embedded in aspects of modern life across the world. From as far back as the Bronze Age, engineering has been central to the area and from the 1500s to the end of the 18th century, hundreds of ships were built on what are now Foreshore Rd and Sandside in Scarborough.
More recently, the Hydraulic Press, Cats Eyes, Stainless Steel and the Bailey Bridge, are among just a few inventions that have proud roots within Yorkshire. As a county, we even boast the first British woman in space, Helen Sharman.
This strong history has ensured we stay at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing, and the North East is the fastest growing region in the UK, with an estimated 28% employment growth in recent years. Locally 15,000 people in over 250 companies are employed in engineering and manufacturing, representing 12.4% of employees.
Looking to the future, the number employed in engineering and manufacturing is set to increase, with constant investments and expansions by local companies, including our employer partners. As an example, York Potash’s recent announcement for a new mine will grow Yorkshire’s economy by 6%, generating around £1 billion annually, creating a further 1,000 jobs.
Local businesses, through innovation and excellence, will ensure our place in the future of engineering, design and manufacturing in the UK. The Yorkshire Coast Business Gateway is aiming to create 50 new businesses and support 170 existing companies, offering opportunities for which our UTC graduates will be able to compete confidently.