Council gives its support to UTC plan for town

Lord Baker visits McCains and meets local Scarborough Buisinessmen. McCains HR Director Richard Smelt greets Lord Baker.Picture Richard Ponter 140926b
Lord Baker visits McCains and meets local Scarborough Buisinessmen. McCains HR Director Richard Smelt greets Lord Baker.Picture Richard Ponter 140926b
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Scarborough Council’s cabinet has given its unanimous backing to a new £10 million University Technical College proposed for the town.

The plan for the centre for 14 to 19 year olds was first proposed earlier this year by business leaders in Scarborough.

Alongside the University of Hull, which is a full partner in the plan, the council has been working behind the scenes to help develop the bid, which is set to go in to the Department for Education in May.

Last week the council considered an update from chief executive Jim Dillon.

In his report Mr Dillon said: “In common with the whole of the UK, Scarborough Borough is struggling with a skills deficit with not enough students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and therefore not enough technically qualified young people are being provided by the education system to fulfil the recruitment needs of industry.

“The council has demonstrated a long standing commitment to developing an academy or centre of excellence in engineering. The approach by the Baker Dearing Trust thereby provided the opportunity to further that objective and the council, at both a political level, and at an officer level, has been heavily engaged in developing the bid.”