Founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and former Home Secretary, The Right Honourable, the Lord Baker of Dorking CH, visited UTC Swindon on Tuesday 28 January.
Lord Baker was given a tour of the campus building site in recognition of his continuing support for the project.
The Baker Dearing Educational Trust promotes the establishment of University Technical Colleges (UTC) in England as part of the free school programme. During the visit Lord Baker met with staff, partners and supporters of UTC Swindon and share insights into the work of the Trust and how other UTCs are working with employers.
Oxford Brookes University, along with Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells are the supporters of UTC Swindon which will equip the pupils of today to become the much needed engineering professionals of tomorrow.
UTCs offer young people another option in regards to their education whilst also filling the UK skills gap in engineering. Catering for 600 students aged 14 to 19, UTC Swindon will provide courses for young people who aspire to a career in engineering.
Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department for Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences commented
“I’m delighted to be able to meet Lord Baker again and, as a director, tell him about the wonderful work of the UTC Trust. I really believe we are leading the way with some of the innovations that we have embedded in our educational plan as well as the exciting buildings now taking shape with the help of BAM on the heritage site given by Network Rail. I am always impressed with the passion and inspiration Lord Baker gives to the UTC movement and I’m sure he’ll be impressed with the progress to date.”
UTC Swindon is in the process of building its new £10 million state-of-the-art building at Bristol Street, Swindon which is at the heart of the railway village. The location has been generously supplied by Network Rail.
To find out more about studying at UTC visit their website www.utcswindon.co.uk