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Our employer sponsors are the bedrock of RDUTC. 

Our main employer sponsors – the Founding Partners – are involved with the school at all levels, from leadership and governance, to curriculum design and delivery, to supporting students as Business Mentors, to offering work experience and internships, to providing additional funding to enable us to purchase industry-standard equipment and recruit staff experts to teach students how to use it.  Our Founding Partners are some of the region’s most successful businesses and comprise:

  • KCOM, the Hull-based communications and IT services provider;
  • RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, currently investing £105m in a new global Centre for Scientific Excellence in Hull.
  • Siemens Gamesa, which has invested in world-class wind turbine manufacturing, assembly and logistics operations in Hull;
  • Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business with major manufacturing and research and development facilities in Hull;
  • Spencer Group, the Hull-based specialist engineering business.

RDUTC students will be given guaranteed access to the first stage of the selection process for apprenticeships with our Founding Partners once they’ve successfully completed their studies.

In addition to our Founding Partners, we have many other successful businesses working with RDUTC as Major Partners and Partners.  Although not directly involved in leadership and governance, these companies also contribute to curriculum development, projects, work experience and careers information, advice and guidance.   The list of our Major Partners and Partners is growing all the time.  To date it includes the following

businesses, all of whom are key players in the Yorkshire and Humber region:

Major Partners:

  • Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, based in Hull, which is driving forward a multi-million pounds “Digital First” transformation programme.
  • Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), Hull’s acclaimed tech hub.
  • Greenport Hull, the organisation working to develop our region as a world class centre for renewable energy.
  • Sewell Group, the Hull-based construction, investment, facilities management and fuel and convenience stores business.
  • Sonoco Trident, the world’s fastest-growing and most innovative digital brand management business, also headquartered in Hull.
  • C4Di, centre for digital innovation in Hull.
  • BP, a global energy company.
  • APD, developers of critical software for national emergency services.
  • Fujitsu, a global information and communication technology company.
  • Orsted, a renewable energy company.
  • Ideal Boilers, 100 years' experience in the heating industry.


  • AJ Building, a Hull-based building company which provides quality building work in Hull and surrounding areas.
  • Emmerson-Kitney, a Finance, Engineering, IT, Sales & Marketing recruitment agency which offers solutions to businesses in the Humber and Lincolnshire region.
  • Wykeland Group, a leading property development company.
  • Horncastle, specialist in creating innovative property solutions. 
  • Baumer, a leading manfacturer in senors.

Between them, these partners will employ more than 8,000 people locally.  They are some of the region’s largest and most successful companies and will offer industry expertise in the fields of Digital Technology and Mechatronics.

For more information on our Founding Partners, Major Partners and Partners and the projects they have designed and work with us to deliver, please see our website. 

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We are extremely lucky to have the University of Hull as our lead academic partner, find out more here.


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Our specialisms of Digital Technology and Mechatronics have been carefully chosen by our key employer sponsors because these are the skills that local industry is crying out for.


Does your brain think digital? Businesses are crying out for tech-savvy staff like you, which is why our focus on digital technology will help you develop the skills you need to succeed.


Where engineering meets computers – whether that’s developing F1 cars, using drones for scoping out new projects, wind turbine manufacturing or programming machinery.

University of Hull
Reckitt Benckiser
Siemens Gamesa
Smith & Nephew
The Spencer Group
Hull City Council
Green Port Hull
Sewell Group
Ideal Boilers
Emmerson Kitney