A heartfelt letter from a Totternhoe teen praising Central Bedfordshire University Technical College has been read out in the House of Lords.
Morgan O’Connell,19, wrote to the Baker Dearing Trust, UTC pioneers, about how his grades rocketed from Ds and Es to As and Bs in maths and physics after he began studying at the university technical college, in Houghton Regis.
Morgan, of Eaton Bray Road, is now excelling in studies for a Level 3 extended diploma in engineering, and also aims to gain a maths A-level.
Lord Baker told the House of Lords about the need for university technical colleges, and about their popularity.
He said Morgan wrote: “It’s not like school, we don’t get spoon-fed information to pass our exams, we have to put the effort in to get something out.
“And I believe it is more than possible to pave your way to your dream career from this UTC, as we are given the opportunities needed to proceed to the next stage of life, be it an apprenticeship, an engineering firm or a degree at university, the college will help you get there.”
Lord Baker said: “We need more Morgans. We need hundreds more Morgans.
“We need thousands more Morgans. We need tens of thousands more Morgans.
“It is up to us all to realise this because otherwise, we will let down British industry and the prosperity of our country will be weaker.”