Careers Guidance

Careers Policy

Preparation for the world of work is a fundamental part of the ethos of the UTC.

Our Careers Leader, Helen Jones, has responsibility for implementing our careers policy, and working towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers guidance as well as ensuring that we are acting in line with the statutory guidance “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” (DfE, Jan 2018).  She leads and coordinates the School Careers Programme below and can be contacted to access information regarding activities and events.  She can be contacted on 01327 855010 or by email at helenjones @ utc-silverstone.co.uk (please remove the spaces around the ‘@’ symbol).  Mr Neil Patterson, Principal, is the member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Careers.

We review our policy and the impact of it annually by measuring our student destination data.  Details of our objectives and how this is provided for are included in the Careers Policy.  Events and activites in the School Careers Programme are evaluated by students and staff via a range of methods, usually with a survey before and after the activity.  These evaluations are then processed and compared so that we can measure the impact on students and improve our offer each year.

Information for Parents

Your child will receive information about careers during their time at Silverstone UTC.  We will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value, by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events. 

How can you help your child with careers and employability?  There is so much you can do to support your son or daughter:

  • Show a genuine interest! Talk to them regularly about their ideas for the future and ask them what they see themselves doing.
  • Talk to them about what you do – and other job roles you have had.
  • Ask your employer if they would allow you to bring your child to work one day.
  • In Year 10/11/12 look on the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available (please see links in the useful links section).
  • Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area.
  • Keep an eye out for things like Open Days (at colleges, Universities and training providers) and careers fairs held locally, and attend these where possible.
  • Help them to understand the alternative post-16 options.  Find out more about apprenticeships here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662464/Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships.pdf
  • Encourage them to participate in out of school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression to people like employers or course tutors.
  • Remember! You can speak to me (Helen Jones) – or encourage your son/daughter to see me in school – if you need support – my contact details are above.
  • Check out the information below for details of activities we are running in school.

Planned Careers Activity Programme 2019/20.

 

Year Group

Theme

Key Aims

Experience

Year 10

Employability skills

·         Develop employability skills (including CV, interview, job application skills)

 

·         Engage with local employers and education providers

 

·         Understand options for post-16

 

·         Inspirational encounters with a variety of people from the working world

 

·         Build confidence and communication skills

 

·         Awareness of STEM routes

 

·         Experience work environments

·         ‘Talk the Talk’ Communication Workshop

 

·         ‘MK Innovates’ STEM festival

 

·         ‘Showmans Show’ (Business students)

 

·         Employability talks from local employers

 

·         Silverstone Park Tour

 

·         ‘Fast Tomato’ software to research careers, check suitability, plan future

 

·         Silverstone Big Bang Fair

 

·         Navy outreach event (BTEC Sports students)

 

·         Progress Day – ‘Speed networking’; mini careers fair (local colleges); meet UTC Alumni

 

·         Inspiring Women in Automotive – trip to VW Head Office for female students

 

·         Opportunity to obtain advice and guidance from Careers Leader

 

·         Opportunity to organise own work experience placement (supported by Careers Leader)

 

Year 11

Planning and Moving On

·         Engage with local employers and education providers to create networks

 

·         Build confidence and communication skills

 

·         Ensure all students have a plan for post 16 through consolidation of the range of pathways available

 

·         Understand options for post-16

 

·         Inspirational encounters with a variety of people from the working world

 

·         ‘Fast Tomato’ Software to research careers, check suitability, plan future

 

·         Trip to ‘University and Apprenticeship Search’ event

 

·         Employability Day – 6th form / apprenticeship routes talk; ‘Speed networking’; meet UTC Alumni

 

·         Advice and Guidance meetings with Careers Leader supported by Senior Leadership Team

 

·         Opportunity to organise own work experience placement (supported by Careers Leader)

 

·         Apprenticeships assembly and workshops

 

·         Trip to National Apprenticeship Show

 

Year 12

Development and Preparation

·         Further development of skills and preparation for post 18 study or training

 

·         Experience of workplaces

 

·         Meaningful encounters with employers to develop networks and inspire

 

·         Inspire students about futures / pathways

·         Futures Day – Speed networking; Talk on higher/graduate apprenticeships; workshops around HE / Uni / UCAS; meet UTC Alumni

 

·         Visits and talks to students by local /national employers

 

·         Personal Statement support

 

·         Training provider talk about Traineeships (Level 2 students)

 

·         27 Engineering Extended BTEC students undertake 9-week Industry Placements

 

·         Talk by ‘Speak to a Uni’

 

·         UCAS Exhibition trip

 

·         Trip to National Apprenticeship Show

 

·         Opportunity for 1:1 Advice and Guidance meetings

 

·         ‘Fast Tomato’ Software to research careers, check suitability, plan future

·          Opportunity to attend University Open days and Taster days

·         Opportunity to organise own work experience placement (supported by Careers Leader)

 

·         Mercedes AMG ‘Student of the Year’ programme

 

Year 13

Development and Preparation

·         Ensure all students have a plan for post 18 through consolidation of the range of pathways available.

 

·         Ensure students have experience of workplaces and engagement with employers

 

·         Inspire students about futures / pathways

 

·         Continue to build confidence and resilience for employability

·         MIA Motorsport Fair

·         Niche Vehicle Network Event

·         ‘Design to Manufacturing’ Show – SMP students

·         Employer talks

 

·         Opportunity for mentoring from business volunteers

·         Opportunity for 1:1 Advice and Guidance meetings with Careers Leader

·         ‘Fast Tomato’ Software to research careers, check suitability, plan future

·         Futures Day – UCAS Personal Statements workshops, student finance talks; Talk on applying for graduate apprenticeships

·         Opportunity to attend University Open days and Taster days

 

·         Engineering project showcase – judged by local employers

 

·         Opportunity to organise own work experience placement (supported by Careers Leader)

 

 

Other Helpful Links
These websites help provide information about the local labour market which will help students develop an understanding of where their studies might take them.

http://www.stem.org.uk

Labour Market Information

This link is to the Labour Market Information page of the South-East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.
https://www.semlep.com/labour-market-information/

This document from the National Careers Service has up-to-date Labour Market Information region-by-region and nationally.
Labour Market Information – July to September 2019

Careerometer

Interested in an apprenticeship? You might find these updates from the National Apprenticeship Service useful.

NAS Parent Pack, September 2019
NAS Parent Pack, August 2019
NAS Parent Pack, July 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Activity Pack
Apprenticeship Pack for 16-19 year olds