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Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

Council urge families to go online to save money

North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging more people to do more online and save an average family home around £560 a year. Get Online Week which runs for a week from today aims to get as many people as possible using the Internet.

In North Lincolnshire, 21 per cent or 27,398 adults have never used the Internet and the council say they are missing out on social and financial benefits. The council are running a series of free taster sessions at libraries across North Lincolnshire.

"The list of things you can do on-line is endless. In a world of changing technology, you really can't afford to get left behind. The Internet is a powerful tool to getting your business done, whether you are a business or resident, it really does open up a whole new world. You can also save hundreds of pounds by switching to online as opposed to using the more traditional ways of communicating.

It's easy to use and if you are a first-timer, pop along to your local library for a free taster session to help get you started and see for yourself the huge potential the Internet has."

– Cllr Neil Poole, North Lincolnshire Council