Scarborough TEC, North Yorkshire’s newest provider of Further and Higher Education, was officially opened on March 21st by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE, during an evening presented by the college’s Michelin Starred Alumni.
The event was sponsored by Scarborough Business Ambassadors and saw Michelin Starred Chefs; Andrew Pern, James Mackenzie and Martel Smith joined by local Restaurateur, Rob Clark, and students and staff from Scarborough TEC in preparing a feast for invited guests.
Scarborough TEC, part of the Grimsby Institute Group, moved to the new campus on Filey Road at the beginning of the academic year and the official opening was marked with the unveiling of a plaque by The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “There is nothing more special than this organisation and this campus. Of all the places I visit, this one can shape people’s lives, it can shape the country, it’s the difference between productivity and the lack of productivity.
“There is tradition here, both on this site and as an organisation for training chefs, you couldn’t put a banquet like this together without it. Congratulations to all of the team here.”
Peter Wilkinson, Chair of Scarborough Business Ambassadors, added: “There have been 14 Michelin Starred Chefs who have graduated from Scarborough TEC, you just couldn’t make it up. Scarborough Business Ambassadors is ten years old and we recognise that young people are our future.
“It has been very special working with Scarborough TEC, who have transformed themselves from Yorkshire Coast College, and the passion that Gill Alton, CEO of the Grimsby Institute Group, and Ann Hardy, Principal of Scarborough TEC, has put into this new campus should be commended.”
Ann Hardy, Principal of Scarborough TEC, said: “Our journey at our new campus is now well underway, the next phase will see us bring our construction and engineering provision to Filey Road later this year, into a brand new, purpose-built facility.
“We want to train young people to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them by local employers and our wonderful new facilities are certainly going to help us to do that.”
“The launch has been a tremendous success and I am immensely proud of the hard work that our students and staff have demonstrated in making this evening such a fantastic showcase of the talent that is produced in Scarborough.”
Gill Alton, CEO of the Grimsby Institute Group, said: “The magnificent teams from Grimsby and Scarborough, who have worked together to transform this campus over six weeks into what it is today, have been nothing short of miraculous.
“I want to thank the team at Scarborough TEC. They took on the challenge of rebranding, relocating and relaunching. Ann Hardy was appointed in May 2016 and in a short space of time we have a new brand, a new vision and most importantly, we have an Outstanding from Ofsted; that says that what we do for learners is the best it can be.
“I want to thank you for your relentless commitment to making sure that young people have the best education that they can in Scarborough.”