Teenagers attending Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC are willing to get up earlier and travel further for the state of the art facilities and the chance to study technical subjects.
According to a survey commissioned by the charity Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the organisation that supports and promotes UTCs, 74% of Heathrow UTC students travel more than five miles each way to get a specialist technical education. This compares to only 21% of all students in England travelling further than five miles (the most recent National Travel Survey).
Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, commented: “UTCs take children from a much wider catchment than other state schools; this means students are travelling each day from a lot further away. Students do this willingly to get hands-on learning, state of the art equipment and working closely with local businesses. Young people want to connect what they are learning at school to the world of work. They want to understand how things work and to solve problems in order to find their place in the real world. A UTC offers them this and it opens doors with employers.”