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Today, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomes James Wharton MP, Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with Responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse, to Scunthorpe.

Mr Wharton will meet representatives from the Humber LEP Board, including the four Humber council leaders, and receive a presentation about developments relating to the Humber offshore energy industry.

Central to his visit is the opportunity to view progress with the state-of-the-art Humber University Technical College (UTC) in Church Square, which opens for 14 – 19 year olds in September. The LEP has backed the development of UTC’s as part of its work to develop a skills system that is better aligned with the current and future needs of the regional economy. UTCs offer the opportunity for young people to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, which are in demand for the renewable energy, engineering and manufacturing sectors that are leading the Energy Estuary’s renaissance.

Mike Parker, Vice-Chair of the Humber LEP and Chair of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board said “The UTC will reflect our aim of having a vibrant environment that inspires young people and adults to maximise their own potential, offers current and future career opportunities supported by both insightful labour market intelligence and appropriate careers education, information, advice and guidance.”

UTCs are a new concept of education.  Local businesses are at the heart of the colleges. Students will work on projects designed by local companies that reflect the real challenges faced by employers and their workforce. All students who complete the course will be offered an interview with a regional business or a conditional offer at the University of Hull.

Able UK, developer of the Able Marine Energy Park, is one of the sponsors of the Humber UTC and David Shepherd, Group Development Manager at Able UK and Chair of the Humber UTC said: “AMEP is a central element of developing the Energy Estuary, a point fully recognised by Government and demonstrated through their on-going support. We have supported the UTC since day one and now with the drive and motivation of the Principal Andy Downing along with the leadership of both the Executive Principal of Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Anne Tyrrell, Principal of North Lindsey College; the Humber UTC will probably have the best leadership team in the region if not the country.”