Advisory board set up for proposed University Technical College in North Lincolnshire
A new University Technical College (UTC) for North Lincolnshire has moved a step closer to reality.
North Lincolnshire Council, along with other key players, has set up an advisory board to take the project forward.
The board comprises partners including Hull University, North Lindsey College, North Lincolnshire Council and private sector businesses.
The council is co-ordinating a formal application that will be submitted to the government's Department for Education to set up the UTC on a site near Church Square, Scunthorpe.
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Once open, the college will be funded directly by central government – in a similar way to academy schools.
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This takes the project a step closer to reality. The board will ensure that it delivers a first-class facility that meets the needs of the private sector and offers a new and unique learning opportunity for our young people.
"This is an exciting opportunity and one we look forward to progressing. The UTC will specialise in renewables and engineering and have a strong focus on work-based learning and entrepreneurial flair to improve the future job prospects of its students and support the regional economy.
"It will provide space for up to 600 students, about 60 per cent from North Lincolnshire and 40 per cent from other areas, and if given the go-ahead, the college will accept its first students in September 2014."