Local businesses have welcomed the recent announcement that Scarborough is to have a University Technical College.
University technical colleges (UTCs) are technical secondary schools for 14-18 year olds. They offer a broad curriculum that combines an academic education with technical and practical learning. The Scarborough college will specialise in Advanced Engineering, Design and Control.
This is a welcome development for the leading sheet metal duct machinery manufacturer Firmac which has been based in the area for the past 50 years. Director, Lewis Firth explains, “Scarborough has a wealth of manufacturing businesses whose success and future growth plans rely on expanding their engineering teams. The announcement that Scarborough will be accepting students to its own UTC in September 2016 specialising in these much needed areas, is timely and will benefit the region tremendously. Businesses such as ourselves who offer apprenticeships every year will have a much greater resource to tap into, which in turn will help us expand into new international markets and generate the growth and greater employment opportunities locally”.
The latest announcement of seven new UTCs brings the total number open across the country to 57 by 2016. When fully recruited, there will be over 35,000 young people studying at UTCs around the country.