Formal bid made for new Scunthorpe college
PLANS for a University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe have taken a step forward.
Officials behind the proposal have met with representatives of the charity, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, to discuss the next stage of the development.
A formal application for the college was submitted to the Department for Education in November.
A total of 21 bids were received and they have now been shortlisted down to 17, of which the Scunthorpe proposal is one.
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The project is being led by the University of Hull and Able UK, with other partners including North Lincolnshire Council.
The UTC's advisory board, chaired by Michelle Watson of the University of Hull, is now preparing for a formal interview with Department for Education officials next month.
An announcement on whether the project will receive the £10 million funding needed is expected to be made by March 28.
Professor Ian Pashby, pro-vice-chancellor for engagement at the University of Hull, said: "The UTC will play an important role in providing the skilled workforce needed in order to realise our ambitions of growing the engineering and renewable energy sectors across the region."
Councillor Liz Redfern, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "We have got an excellent and unique bid for a UTC here in North Lincolnshire.
"We are working with businesses to make sure we provide what they are asking for. It will really help raise young people's aspirations and provide them with a choice."