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Recognising excellence in technical education

The Baker Award for Technical Education acknowledges the success of young people choosing technical education and excelling at University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

The award recognises a combination of qualifications, work experience placements and the development of wider competencies required in the workplace such as communication skills and problem-solving.

Award requirements

One 120 glh technical qualification at level 1 or 2
4+ GCSE passes at grades A*to G or 9-1

240 glh of technical qualifications at level 1 or 2
4+ GCSE passes at grades A*to C or 9-4, including English and maths

A combination of technical qualifications and A levels, equating to 3 full A levels

1 week of work experience

2 weeks of work experience

2 weeks of work experience

1 project

2 projects

2 projects

Projects must be devised and delivered in partnership with one or more employers or a university and last between two and 8 weeks, with students working in teams of 2-6 to produce a defined outcome.

All participants must be interviewed by internal UTC staff and then by an external assessor (e.g. a business representative or STEM ambassador). They must be able to articulate the competencies described in the framework and explain how they have demonstrated them.

Award timeline

January - register students

Register with Baker Dearing and identify the cohort of students to take part in The Baker Award.

February - student record

Gather evidence – note the qualifications that students will achieve this year, record their work experience and project-based learning.

March - assessor recruitment

Recruit external volunteer assessors to interview students.

April - student assessment

UTC staff interview students to provide a preliminary assessment of award level and prepare the students for external interviews.

May - volunteer assessment

External volunteers interview students and assess the level of award.

September - record qualifications

Use the tracker spreadsheet to record whether students have met the qualifications criteria or not.

October - award level calculations

Award levels are calculated using a combination of grades, evidence and interview feedback.

November - inform students

You will receive information about successful award winners and of the date of the Gold Award Ceremony.

Register now

UTC coordinators, please enter your details below to register your UTC’s interest in The Baker Award.

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