UTCs provide a bridge between the world of education and the world of work, training young people in the technical entrepreneurial skills and personal and collaborative skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace.
Each UTC works with a network of local industry partners design a learning programme which covers not only the core curriculum of English, Maths, and Sciences, but also sought-after technical qualifications taught by specialist staff with industry standard equipment.
The UTC programme has a strong emphasis on employer engagement including real-life project-based learning, which engages students and develops their personal attributes. On leaving a UTC, students have already established connections with employers, have applied practical skills through project-based learning and are used to working in a professional environment.
This makes them highly employable and sets them up for a broad choice of pathways at 18 – whether that’s going to university, higher and degree apprenticeships, or directly into a career. The impressive track record of student destinations after leaving UTCs is testament to the quality of this distinctive educational experience.
The Baker Dearing Trust supports and promotes the development of UTCS with a stated ambition :
Baker Dearing’s mission is to provide all young people with a relevant, career-focused education in a fast-changing world, and, in doing so, to provide employers with the skilled workforce needed for UK industry to thrive. Our priorities are focused on achieving this aim.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of practical STEM skills, and has accelerated the need for technicians with digital skills. A UTC education is now more relevant than ever.