One of the men behind the new University Technical College concept visited the North-East’s first UTC on Aycliffe Business Park.
Former Education Secretary Lord Kenneth Baker is one of the founding partners of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust.
He, along with Lord Dearing, had a vision to fill a gap that they had seen develop over a number of years to provide young people with a technical education, and founded the concept of University Technical Colleges to fulfil that vision.
UTC South Durham had the pleasure of welcoming Lord Baker to their brand new Aycliffe facility this month.
During his visit Lord Baker met students and industry partners to find out just what UTC South Durham means to them and why they decided to study and support a challenging academic technical curriculum.
“I particularly enjoy coming to visit all of the new UTC’s across the country,” said Lord Baker.
“Having UTC South Durham, the first one in the North East is just wonderful. Talking to the students is one of my highlights and I appreciate their enthusiasm for choosing to engage in a technical education.”
UTC South Durham celebrated National Science Week so many of the students were involved in a variety of activities facilitated by one of UTC South Durham industry partners, Modus Seabed Intervention.
Lord Baker and the students were challenged to build a subsea remotely operated underwater vehicle.