What is a UTC?
A UTC is an industry-orientated school designed for ambitious young people, aged 14-18, who have aspirations to become leading future innovators. It is funded by the government, is free to attend and is sponsored by a number of successful companies along with the University of Hull.
Our UTC will offer technically oriented courses of study (around 60% academic / 40% practical), combining National Curriculum requirements such as GCSEs and A Levels with technical and vocational elements. It will also teach business skills and the use of ICT. They offer clear routes into higher education or further learning in work. The study day is longer than in a typical school and is more in line with a commercial working day
The University Technical College concept is proving to be a very viable option, with a UTC recently being rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted.
Why does Scarborough need a UTC?
British manufacturing industry is thriving. There is a recognition that tackling engineering and manufacturing skills gaps is essential to the continued growth and international competiveness of British industry.
Scarborough and the local area is home to a number of engineering and manufacturing businesses, which need appropriately skilled young people.It is not business alone that sees the real need for a University Technical College, this is a partnership across private and public sector to tackle a real need in the area.
The UK engineering and construction sector faces over a 100,000 worker shortfall by 2050, due to skills shortages, an ageing workforce and forecast migration trends. Scarborough UTC will be a fundamental part of filling this gap.
All industry partners have identified the significant recruitment challenges alongside skills gaps in new entrants to employment, combined with an ageing population. Without a strategy to address these issues, industry in Scarborough and the surrounding area will not be able to sustain continued growth.
Employers within Scarborough face an on-going struggle to recruit skilled, work-ready, young people. A sustainable source of future employees is essential to the success of business in the area.
Scarborough UTC is a distinctive offer for the area as it blends a vocational and academic route with real work experience and project-working opportunities delivered by employer partners and academic rigour provided by the University of Hull.