Local students targeted

A proposed £10m university college which hopes to create a pool of talent for local businesses will target students from Pocklington and across the East Riding.

The new-style University Technical College (UTC) would be based in Scarborough and cater primarily for 14-18 year-olds with a mix of scientific, technology, engineering, robotics and maths-based careers.

Seventeen career-based UTCs have already been set up across the country supported by the government’s Education Funding Agency and involving local authorities and business groups, with another 30 being proposed.

Among the sites being considered as a possible base for the business-led curriculum include the Hull University Scarborough campus at Filey Road, and the former Skipton Building Society offices near the 80-acre business park.

The UTC would look to take pupils from Pocklington and the rest of East Yorkshire, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

On graduating, its students would go straight into the world of work, apprenticeship or university. It would be run by a new board including business representatives, to be set up with a principal.

No pre-entry qualifications are required, and a start-up pot of £300,000 would come from the Education Funding Agency, which distributes government funding for teenagers in full-time education.

It could be up and running by September 2016, with hundreds of pupils from Scarborough borough to the north of Whitby, East Yorkshire towns such as Pocklington and Market Weighton, and Ryedale areas targeted. No fees would be paid by the students.

Students would be expected to wear ‘business dress’ during the college’s longer, 8.30am until 5pm school days.