Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Scarborough UTC & Engineering Week


Scarborough UTC
As an innovative, driven and entrepreneurial team, in 2013 Unison embarked upon a very special journey. With key partners, they collaborated to plan and open an engineering academy. The Scarborough team, from both the public and private sectors, achieved UTC status from the Baker Dearing Educational Trust (DfE) in summer 2014.

Lord Kenneth Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Trust and Rt Hon Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education officially opened the campus in January 2017 before taking a tour of the facilities. The opening ceremony included a special display from BAE Systems of their replica centenary bi-plane, built by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Scarborough UTC offers a high quality and uniquely different educational opportunity for students aged 14-16 years of age. The UTC will develop the talents and creativity of enthusiastic and able young scientists and engineers and support them on their career journey, offering the opportunity to a vast majority of students to progress to university or secure highly valued apprenticeships. Unison passionately believes that by supporting these young engineers, we will be able to deliver the next generation of world-class products and services to our customers.

Inspiring young new minds…
Driven by the desire to inspire and nurture the Engineers of tomorrow, Alan Pickering and Peter Wilkinson embarked on a mission to promote the range of career opportunities within the STEM industry and improve recruitment in the sector. With the help of Scarborough Ambassadors Forum and Scarborough Borough Council Scarborough Engineering Week was born. Now in its third year, attracting over 1,600 young people from primary, secondary schools and colleges for three action-packed days of activity, making this the most successful year yet!

An incredible buzz!
“This year’s event has been the best so far, it’s really brought engineering to life for youngsters,” says Peter Wilkinson from the lead organiser Unison – the Scarborough-based manufacturer of tube bending machines. “The kids were able to interact with lots of exhibits from subsea vehicle simulators, to robotic arms, and a Formula 1 car. The buzz was incredible, and we had some fantastic feedback – with North Yorkshire kids realising that there are some amazing engineering companies right on their doorstep.”

The driving force…
The Scarborough Engineering Week event was originally conceived by directors of Unison Ltd. The company led the organisation of this year’s event aided by sponsorship from York Potash – currently investigating the feasibility of a potash mine in the Whitby and Scarborough area – and help from the regional education business partnership NYBEP, local schools and colleges, and many of the region’s best-known engineering companies.

Powerful words!
The event included a business dinner with a keynote speech from the former Land Speed World Record Holder Richard Noble OBE, who is behind the new Bloodhound jet and rocket-powered car which is targeting speeds of 1000 mph to smash the current world Land Speed Record. He presented pupils from Scarborough College and Graham School with prizes for the Scarborough Engineering Week design competition.

Changing Minds

Quotes from the kids…

“I thought that it was a male dominated industry, I now know there are more women in the industry”.

“I think there is a lot more to do in the engineering Industry and much more interesting than I thought”.

“It was epic”.

“I feel that I have learned more about science and engineering today than in all of my lessons”.

“I thought it was very interesting and you didn’t have to bring Bloodhound but you did thank-you”.

“I learned that engineering is really interesting and there are lots of different jobs”.

“I thought engineering was dirty and underpaid before the event, now I know it’s a lot cleaner and there are well paid opportunities”.

“I am now interested in a job in engineering”.


Ingenium Yorkshire CNC

Strategic Partners

Mag Tool

Technical Partners

Advanced Tubular Faro