UTCs are working 'brilliantly', says Lord Baker in Telegraph article

23 Feb 2017, 12:26 p.m. / News

Following the recent media attention around UTCs, Lord Baker, Chairman, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, wrote an article for The Telegraph which was published on 17 February 2017.

Lord Baker covers a number of areas and highlights some of the successes of the UTC model including:

  • Outstanding UTC student destinations data for 2016
  • Support from the Royal Navy and over 600 companies
  • 11,000 students in 48 UTCs
  • 5 new UTCs opening in September 2017

I am very proud of UTCs outstanding destination data. Last year, across all UTCs, we had 1,292 leavers at 18, only five of whom became “NEETs” – not in education, employment and training. 44 per cent went to university (compared to a national average of 38 per cent), while 29 per cent became apprentices (the national average is 8.4 per cent). While the unemployment rate for 18-year-olds is 11.5 per cent, for graduates of UTCs it is 0.5 per cent.

The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, is quoted in the piece and says:

UTCs are essential and we support them, as they provide engineers and technicians which the Royal Navy needs.

Lord Baker also cites Dr Adam Marshall, the Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce, speaking about UTCs:

UTCs are needed to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work.

Read the full article here

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