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Hull’s pioneering new Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) has thrown open its doors to the first intake of new students, in a high profile opening ceremony

Ron Dearing UTC is the first school of its kind in Hull and East Yorkshire and is equipped with advanced digital technology matching the very best available to major companies. It has been purpose-designed and built and is equipped with the advice of experts from some of the region’s leading employers who are at the forefront of the digital revolution transforming the world of work.

We joined fellow sponsors, future students and the media in an exclusive tour of the new £10m facility, which is packed with £1.6m of cutting-edge technology, just a week before the doors opened to the first students.

The visit took in some of the highlights, including the Spencer Group Innovation Zone, Designed around the concept of a “design office”. The innovation zone is a place where projects and ideas come to life, and features 30 hotdesk working areas, within a large central area for independent study, as well as five glass-walled breakout rooms for project-based learning with 55-inch interactive screens.

Spencer Group is one of the school’s Founding Partner employers and Executive Chairman Charlie Spencer OBE is Chair of Governors. Charlie Spencer said:

Our future business success depends on having young employees with relevant technical and digital skills and the attitude to succeed. I’m confident Ron Dearing UTC and its staff can deliver on their part of that challenge. As employers, we have a vested interest in ensuring that they do.

You can help us to create an amazing legacy of skills, opportunity and business growth. You can make this a school like no other. A place where education and industry meet. A place where future business stars are nurtured and fantastic careers begin.

Earlier in the year, we gave VIP visitors special access to Ron Dearing UTC, as well as the Energy Works power plant. The high-profile group was given a personal tour of the UTC building by Principal Sarah Pashley and Charlie Spencer.

Meanwhile, sixty Ron Dearing UTC pupils became among the first people to see the vast Energy Works power plant being built on the east bank of the river Hull.

Energy Works is a £200m investment in one of the UK’s most innovative green energy facilities and the Humber region’s largest current development.

As well as visiting Energy Works, the prospective year 12 (age 16) students heard about the remarkable seven-year journey from concept to delivery of the project during presentations delivered at our Hull headquarters.

To find out more visit http://www.rondearingutc.com/

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