The Garfield Weston Foundation since its inception in 1958 has placed great importance on the support for education. Through generous donations, the Foundation has helped Baker Dearing provide central capacity to grow the University Technical College programme over the past six years.
The Michael Bishop Foundation supports support a broad range of charitable organisations within five main areas of focus: Heritage, Arts and Culture, Human Rights and Social Justice, Advancement of Health and Medicine, and Education and Training. The foundation has supported Baker Dearing for the past five years.
The Peter Cundill Foundation was established in Bermuda on 11 January 2012, following the death of its founder, Peter Cundill. It has a particular focus on working with charities to improve the lives of children in a variety of ways. The Foundation has helped Baker Dearing support UTCs to develop strong employer links and raise standards in technical education.
Edge is an independent education charity dedicated to shaping the future of education in the UK. They believe a coherent, unified and holistic education system can support social equity and enable all young people to fulfil their potential. The Foundation has been a very generous supporter of Baker Dearing since inception.
I worked in manufacturing before becoming a MP, and I know how important it is to have the right skills. When you talk to UTC students, you get a true sense of the passion and enthusiasm they have for the skills they are learning here. It is truly inspiring, and we need to be doing more of this.
University Technical Colleges impress me because they are not just training the next generation of STEM professionals and developing a much-needed skills pipeline to the careers of the future, they are also offering their students the opportunity to make the important connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the real world.
Given the importance of science and engineering to our economy, and the potential skills shortage in these areas, the idea of a school like this is obvious and yet it takes someone to actually do it. That is the genius of the place, that someone has got the concept up-and-running and that they are delivering the curriculum in partnership with organisations such as the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Over half of the roles in the Royal Navy are engineering. That’s why it’s great that UTCs provide an exciting environment for students to learn all aspects of engineering. We are privileged to be supporting young engineers. We need to encourage this area of expertise. If we do not get this right, we sink and we are not protecting the country. Engineering is our future and young people are our future.