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Sir Simon Milton, the new Westminster University Technical College, was visited by Lord Kenneth Baker

23 November 2017

Lord Kenneth Baker visits Westminster UTC

Immersing himself in the school’s activities, Lord Baker sat in on classes and observed presentations from the engineering students who boasted new design concepts for future technology. He toured the school with help from sixth form students who spoke with him over a lunch in the cafeteria and enjoyed the 360o views of London from the roof terrace. Lord Baker has been described as a major driving force behind the new UTC technical schools concept.

Speaking about the UTC Lord Baker said: “This UTC, which opened in September, has got off to an excellent start. I have seen some outstanding teaching and very determined students.  Everyone I have spoken to said they like the UTC much better than their old schools because they learn practical skills as well as academic subjects.  Already they are thinking of the jobs they will get.”

While focusing on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) Sir Simon Milton UTC also has a strong emphasis on practical learning and preparing students for entering the competitive workplace. Specialising in construction and transport engineering, it provides students with hands-on workplace experience through collaboration with a panel of relevant industry partners, including Network Rail, Transport for London and Alstrom.

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC is a non-selective, non-fee paying school for 14-19 year olds within the state education system.  It is supported by Westminster Council, the University of Westminster and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a charitable trust set up in memory of a former Westminster Council leader. UTCs boast an ongoing record of achievement for students - of the 2000 students who graduated from UTCs last year only 26 not currently in employment or further education or training (known as NEETS).

Principal, Karen Barker said: “Seeing these students engaging confidently with Lord Baker has made me really proud. I am confident our students will be among the high achievers of tomorrow.”

Find out more about the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC.

About the University of Westminster:

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We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

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