Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has been appointed a trustee on the board of the Baker Dearing Education Trust, the force behind creating more University Technical Colleges.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya is now a trustee with the Baker Dearing Education Trust, which has been advocating the development of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) since 2007.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has already played a critical role in the development of two UTCs, including the WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Coventry and Solihull, which cater for students from Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull and Birmingham.
After starting his career as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya became the UK’s first ever Professor of Manufacturing and has always been a passionate advocate of British industry and engineering innovation.
Lord Bhattacharyya joins a highly respected board that includes The Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking CH (Chair), The Rt Hon Lord Adonis, Dr.Theresa Simpkin, Allan Cook CBE, Edwina Dunn, Sir Kevin Satchwell and Sir Mike Tomlinson CBE.
Lord Baker, Chair of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, welcomed the new trustee and said, “we are very pleased to announce this appointment. Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has made an enormous contribution to technical education we are delighted he has agreed to join the Baker Dearing board.
“I have no doubt the UTC programme will benefit considerably from his vast knowledge and experience.”
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said, “in the UK we are facing serious skills shortages in science, engineering and other technical disciplines. We need to train more young people who can fill the roles employers need to increase productivity and compete globally.
“Working in partnership with universities and employers UTCs offer an important part of the solution to this problem for students from the age of 14. I am delighted to be joining the board and look forward to adding my support the UTCs programme as a trustee.”