The Business Day delegates hear from Kevin Wilkinson, from Ron Dearing UTC Founding Partner Siemens Gamesa, on why his company is deeply committed to the new school.

Businesses urged to join UTC’s drive to develop region’s future talent

June 12th, 2017

Businesses have been urged to join leading employers in supporting Hull’s new University Technical College (UTC) in creating a new pool of young talent for the region.

Representatives from the Founding Partners of Ron Dearing UTC told delegates at The Business Day event why they were passionately committed to the new school and its unique educational model.

They told a packed The Business Day breakout session at Bridlington Spa that the UTC would develop work-ready young people with digital and engineering skills for their businesses and others.

The Founding Partners – the University of Hull, KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew, Spencer Group and the C4DI tech hub – are the bedrock of the UTC, working with Principal Sarah Pashley and her team to develop the new UTC building, curriculum and facilities.

They are now urging more employers to get involved in the UTC, with a range of partnership opportunities available. Businesses can find out about these opportunities and download a copy of the UTC sponsorship brochure at

Charlie Spencer OBE, Chair of the UTC’s trustees and Executive Chairman of Hull-based engineering business Spencer Group, said: “By working directly with the UTC you will get first-hand experience of the youngsters that you’ll be working alongside – you’ll get to know them and they’ll get to know you.

“You’ll have the opportunity to promote your business and your brand to this future talent pool. By employing one of our school-leavers you’ll know that they are enthused about the career they are embarking on, have the right skills, experience and qualifications to drive your business forward and are the right cultural fit for your organisation.”

He added: “I believe it’s incumbent on us all to develop the pool of future employees, improve the lives of local young people and power the region forward.

“We can all complain about the lack of skills, experience and work readiness of young people coming into the workforce – with the UTC you now have the opportunity to do something about it. You can get involved directly to alter the course of young people’s lives and boost your business.”

CAPTION: Vice Principal Mark Ollerenshaw on the UTC stand at the new The Business Day event at Bridlington Spa.

Mike Davies, Chief Information Officer of local communications provider KCOM, said the UTC was bringing business and education together to address the vital need to create a new pipeline of tech talent who could “hit the ground running” in the world of work.

He said: “There is an increased demand for technology talent in our region. It’s difficult to attract people to the area, so it’s much more sustainable to develop our own talent that we can nurture from a young age and keep within the local workforce.

“The UTC is a huge opportunity for us to be able to do that and we’re proud to be part of it.”

Calum Walker, a Research & Development Director at consumer health and hygiene company RB, said his company was investing £105m in a new centre for scientific excellence in Hull and wanted to ensure it had a pipeline of local talent to support that investment

“The UTC is a unique offering. As an employer partner we have the opportunity to step in, shape the curriculum and the projects, and mentor the students,” he said.

“Our business model is all about innovation to gain competitive advantage. I believe the UTC shares that model. It’s an innovative model and curriculum that gives its students a competitive advantage. That’s why it’s a really good partnership for RB.”

Kevin Wilkinson, Commercial Head of Ports and Assemblies in Hull for renewable energy leader Siemens Gamesa, said the UTC was opening at a time of unprecedented investment and optimism.

He said: “Ron Dearing UTC is a great opportunity to build on the growing ambition and confidence within the region, to keep the momentum going and help the next generation coming through knowing that Hull and the wider region is a great place to work and do business.”

CAPTION: UTC Principal Sarah Pashley explains how students will work on projects devised by the Founding Partner employers, such as Siemens Gamesa, to address key challenges in their businesses.

Principal Sarah Pashley urged further employers to join the “fantastic, highly-engaged” Founding Partners in supporting the UTC’s vision of employer-driven education.

She said Ron Dearing UTC was a “unique offer” combining academic excellence with a curriculum focused on the specialisms of digital technology and mechatronics, developed with the employer partners to achieve the skills, knowledge and qualifications to meet their business needs.

She added: “It’s essential that young people gain excellent GCSE and A-level results, but we are wasting our time if they don’t have the skills, drive, ambition and vision to make their way in the workplace.”

Named after Hull-born educational reformer Lord Ron Dearing, the UTC will open in September next to Hull New Theatre in Hull city centre and cater for students aged 14 to 19. The school will open with two cohorts of students, aged 14 and 16, with both year groups heavily over-subscribed.

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