RON DEARING UTC WELCOMES NORTHERN POWERGRID AS PARTNER
Several of the region’s leading businesses, including Northern Powergrid, have partnered with Hull’s employer-led school to provide students with industry standard skills and help create their potential future workforces.
Northern Powergrid, CATCH, Ridings Consulting Engineers and Spectrum have become Partners and Advanced Plastics Ltd and Shipham Valves have become Major Partners of Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC).
In addition to its Founding Partners, the UTC in Kingston Square, Hull city centre, has many other successful businesses working alongside it as Major Partners and Partners. The companies help to develop and deliver employer-led projects, offering work experience and apprenticeships and leading the school’s careers information, advice and guidance programme.
Northern Powergrid, which is responsible for the electricity distribution network that powers everyday life for eight million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in Yorkshire, northern Lincolnshire and the North East, is a major employer with some 2,700 people and offers a wide range of career opportunities including industry leading apprenticeships, graduate and foundation degree programmes.
Cathryn Harper, Northern Powergrid’s Regional Customer Service Manager for the Humber (pictured centre), said: “We’re on a mission to find different ways to attract new talent into our industry.
"This partnership will help inspire more Ron Dearing UTC students, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to be part of our exciting journey to create a greener energy system to power peoples’ lives and our region.”
Ron Dearing UTC caters for students aged between 14 and 19, offering a specialist focus on digital technology, creative digital, art and design and digital engineering.
Glenn Jensen, Senior Assistant Principal and Head of Engineering at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome six new Employer Partners on board and continue to build on the success of our employer-led learning model of education.”
University Technical Colleges are state-funded academies focused on technical skills for students aged 14-19. UTCs have a longer school day and have catchment areas that may extend across a number of local authority areas. They focus on one or two technical specialisms, chosen by the sponsoring university and employers, in addition to the core subjects of English, maths and sciences. Ron Dearing UTC focuses on digital technology and mechatronics to develop key skills needed to realise the city and region’s economic potential.
Photography credit: Neil Holmes