University-Business collaborations developing talent locally
- Published: Friday, 08 May 2015 13:27
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
Case study by the University of Hull
Life at the University of Hull begins at the age of 14 and continues well into retirement as part of an extensive business engagement commitment aimed at developing talent locally.
Fulfilling its cherished role as an anchor institution within its communities, the University is also at the heart of collaborative efforts to stimulate the local economy to ensure that this new talent is gainfully employed close to home.
The University is leading partner in three University Technical Colleges (UTCs) in Hull, in Scunthorpe and in Scarborough, responding to business demand and working alongside employers to ensure relevance, aspiration and innovation in vocational education and training.
It worked closely with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to secure for the Humber a new National College in Wind Energy which from 2016 will see international businesses located locally to provide high-level technical skills training alongside University expertise, enhancing the Humber’s pivotal role as the UK’s Energy Estuary.
And the University is tapping into the talents of its alumni to provide precious time and money to ‘put something back’ into the area that set them on their way to business success.
This cohesive approach ensures that the University offer to business and students is aligned and that it remains relevant and rewarding. It also ensures that young people just entering their teenage years can start to think about life with a university from the moment they make the choice to pursue a vocational route through one of the UTCs. This enables them to benefit from the best of both worlds rather than making the often difficult choice of either vocational or academic routes to the world of work.
Tata Steel, Able UK, Centrica, BAe Systems and Total Lindsey Oil Refinery are among the employers working with the University on the Scunthorpe-based Humber UTC, which will specialise in engineering and renewable energy and open its doors in September 2015. Siemens, Ebuyer, Spencer Group and KC are among those working on the digital engineering-focused UTC in Hull. This aims to open in September 2016, the same time as the Scarborough UTC, which will specialise in advanced engineering design and control and is supported by McCain, Unison Ltd, York Potash and Plaxtons among other employers.
His Royal Highness the Duke of York is the Patron of UTCs. He visited the University in October 2014 to see some of the technology that future students will benefit from. He said:
“Hull is excellently situated on the coast for the renewables sector, and there are going to be lots of jobs in that area. It’s about choice, and it’s about parents understanding that the young today not only need employability skills and education but, particularly in this part of the world, the technical education that will be a better use of their educational time.”
David Shepherd, Group Executive Director, Able UK, said: “The Humber UTC will give key employers in the Humber the chance to take a direct approach and ensure the region’s people and businesses all get what they need.”