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Lord Baker Visits Energy Coast UTC

The Rt. Hon Lord Baker visits Energy Coast UTC and praises students’ courage


On Tuesday 12th March, Lord Baker, Chair and Co-founder of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, visited the Energy Coast UTC for the third time since the school opened in 2014.

Lord Baker spoke at great length with the Energy Coast UTC’s Principal Cherry Tingle; the Chair of the Board of Governors, Barbara Stephens OBE; and the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors and Head of Education and Skills at Sellafield, Dr Donna Connor, on how well the school is progressing and how the school will be able to develop in the future. He also spoke with two directors of Morgan Sindall, Simon Smith, Managing Director of Infrastructure, and Andy Crowder, Nuclear Operations Director. Morgan Sindall is the platinum partner of Energy Coast UTC and supports the school in a myriad of ways, including financially and through working with the students to give them real world experience of engineering.

During his tour of the UTC facilities, Lord Baker made time to speak with as many students as he could, visiting students in several different classes, where he praised them all for being very courageous for deciding to leave their old schools and take a big step towards their future careers in Engineering. Lord Baker was impressed that so many students knew where they wanted to go in the future and how Energy Coast UTC could help them on their way to their desired careers.

Many students spoke to Lord Baker about how much they had gained from the UTC, the positive connections they have made with future employers, and the unrivalled and specialised education that they had received.  

Lord Baker has previously praised Energy Coast UTC in the House of Lords about how many of the students go on to do apprenticeships.

“88% of [Energy Coast UTC’s] leavers go on to high quality apprenticeships offered by the outstanding employers in the region engaged in the vital nuclear Energy Coast UTC… Employers want them because they have handled metal, they have designed things, they have solved problems, and they have experience of all those things, which no longer happen in normal schools… This UTC is an excellent example of the sort of technical school that I envisaged when I started the programme 10 years ago.”

 – The Rt Hon. the Lord Baker of Dorking CH speaking in the House of Lords in 2017.

Since then, Energy Coast UTC has averaged above 80% of its students going into high level apprenticeships and the remaining 20% going on to higher education and work. The average percentage of students going on to apprenticeships in Cumbria is only 6%, over 12 times lower than that of the UTC.


Lord Baker speaks with Year 10 Construction Students


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