Baker Dearing Educational Trust brief FireDog on a research study in Staffordshire


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Dr Ross Moloney, FireDog MD, Lord Baker, Chair of The Baker Educational Trust and Gwyn Stubbings, IDI Glazeley

Research has found that the UK needs more advanced technical skills at all levels in order to prosper with the need for a million extra scientists, engineers and technicians by 2020. 

The Baker Dearing Educational Trust (BDT)  is keen to encourage employers, universities, local authorities and other public bodies to establish University Technical Colleges (UTCs) where there is demand from the local area.

As part of their work, BDT has identified a number of potential areas – including Stoke and Staffordshire – where there is a potential for a UTC specialising in engineering, construction, civil engineering or another technical or digital area within the STEM or indeed the STEAM agenda.

FireDog Research have been briefed on a short study that will:

  • identify current and future skills gaps
  • understand the potential market failure in talent – in particular young talent – recruitment
  • identify the skills that employers are struggling the most to recruit
  • understand the impacts of a skills gap  e.g. effect on an ageing workforce,
  • evidence the growing demand for competent talent and young people and potential gaps in local education provision
  • examine careers advice and provision of technical ‘work ready skills’

The results of the study will be presented by Dr Ross Moloney, FireDog Research Managing Director and the Baker Dearing Educational Trust at an event in late June – full details to follow. If you wish to take part in the research, please email

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