One of Lincoln’s biggest employers, James Dawson – the global engineer of bespoke advanced silicone and organic rubber products – has been appointed as a Gold Partner to Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).
The UTC is a state-funded, specialist Science and Engineering College for 14-18 year-old students opening in September 2014.
Lincoln UTC will deliver GCSE, Cambridge National, A Level and BTEC qualifications through a curriculum model specifically designed to develop the employability and life skills essential for success in the world of work and higher education.
Guided by regional employer needs and their future skills requirements, students will study a broad based curriculum offering a unique experience, integrating technical and academic subjects.
Peter Wressell, HR Manager at the firm which employs around 240 people in Lincoln, said: “Whether we like it or not, there is an engineering skills shortage in the UK, so it’s so important to engender a real enthusiasm among young people in the UK for industries that actually design and make things.
“That’s why it’s so great to have a new college specially designed to help students carve out careers with some of the world’s most innovative businesses.
“James Dawson is more than happy to offer its guidance and expertise in terms of what employers will be looking for in its workforces, and to help students think about the exciting opportunities a career in engineering can give you.
“We look forward to having many talented young people from the UTC coming to work with us our Lincoln HQ and our sites across the world in the future.”
Lincoln UTC’sPrincipal, Dr Rona Mackenzie, said: “Peter and his team have been extremely helpful in working with us to shape the curriculum.”
“We want to ensure the students are given the skills and learning experiences they need for further education and working life, and James Dawson is very well placed as an organisation to be able to offer their advice and knowledge.”
Lincoln UTC’s vision is to create an innovative, supportive environment and develop professional, respectful relationships in pursuit of academic and technical excellence.