The Future of Scarborough
By 2020, there will be an anticipated additional 2,000 jobs in the Scarborough area and we are now facing a real skills deficit. Local companies are experiencing double digit growth and need technicians and engineers to satisfy market demand. Following significant investment in the past 20 years, there are over 250 established engineering companies in the regions, employing 16,400 people, and representing around 14.6% of local employment.
The growth and continued potential of the Scarborough Business Park has resulted in it being extended by 80 acres to meet the increasing demand of local businesses, and this was recognised with the awards for “Most Enterprising Town in the UK” in 2008, and “Most Enterprising Town in Europe” in 2009.
The UK engineering sector as a whole is worth over £1 trillion in turnover, accounting for 24% of the turnover of all UK enterprises. The sector is forecast to create 2.74 million job openings by 2020. However, there continues to be a significant skills gap, which is representative of the Scarborough area.
Three quarters of local industry partners expect to grow and are struggling to recruit, 90% of companies rely on agency staff, and 55% of companies have to use training provision from outside of the Borough, as there are insufficient solutions locally.
The biggest skills gaps are in electrical engineering and control systems, underpinned by the biggest education gaps being in Maths and Science. Currently, in Scarborough, 37% of employees are over 50 years old (with almost half of CNC and fabrication engineers being over 50), and as a result within ten years a number of business will not continue to be viable without a sustainable source of new skilled employees.
Students that live in Whitby, Malton, Bridlington, Filey, Pickering, Driffield, Scarborough and surrounding areas are within the catchment area. In the event of all places being filled, a fixed number of places will be allocated by lottery to each of the areas.