Baker Dearing Educational Trust was founded by Lord Baker and Lord Dearing to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges. Today we are a small, flexible organisation that sits at the centre of the UTC network. Our focus is on promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs.

Helping new UTCs

We support applications to open new UTCs, helping applicants to navigate the process and lend our experience and support where it is needed. Working closely with the Department for Education, we make sure that the expected number of UTCs open on time and on budget. Find out more about setting up a UTC.

Amongst the first UTCs no student has joined the ranks of the unemployed. Every student continued in education, or went into employment or training. There were no “NEETs” and this is our aim for all UTCs.

Lord Baker
Chairman, Baker Dearing Educational Trust

Supporting existing UTCs

We help UTCs benefit from being a part of a bigger network by providing opportunities to share good practice, attend seminars, and stretch budgets through joint procurement.

Our educational advisers help to develop curricula and advise on suitable technical qualifications. We also support UTCs with setting standards, issues around leadership and management, and through liaising with the universities and employers who are UTC partners.

Increasing understanding

We raise awareness of UTCs with the government, the media and the public. By increasing the profile of UTCs we aim to ensure that everyone has an understanding of UTCs and what they offer to young people, employers and the wider community. We also represent the interests of UTCs when it comes to curricula, qualifications and Department for Education policy.