Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

“The curriculum sets the school apart from more traditional secondary schools. It is successful in its stated aim of ‘giving students a distinct advantage in seeking professional and technical careers within the construction, built environment and related information and communication technology (ICT) industries’.” (Ofsted, 2018)

Our named Careers Leader is Simon Maxfield. You can contact Simon on 01902 872180 or simon.maxfield@wmcutc.co.uk

Bruce Boughton is our Employer Governor working with the Careers Leader to develop our careers offer. He can be contacted via email bruce.boughton@wmcutc.co.uk

Our Careers / IAG Policy can be read here.

West Midlands UTC are proud to work with Martin Reay, CITB, as our Enterprise Advisor. Martin acts as a critical friend and alongside our Employer Group, is helping the ongoing development of the programme that has a high impact on students. The UTC have used the Compass Evaluation Tool to drive improvements.

One of the things that makes a UTC different from a mainstream school is that students have already decided that they may be interested in pursuing a career in a particular field. Of course, at 14 or 16 years of age, the amount a young person will know about that field will be extremely limited. Throughout their time with us, we will seek to ‘demystify’ the huge range of career opportunities and pathways within our specialist areas but also beyond. In this way we can ensure students are very well informed when making decisions about their next steps. Joining a UTC really is taking the first step in your career.

Work Related Learning Programme

A significant number of employers work closely with the UTC to develop and deliver a programme that gives students real experience of working. Throughout the year opportunities may develop and vary, but a typical programme will include Work Experience, Mentoring, Careers Advice and Guidance, Employer Projects, Mock Interviews, Guest Speakers, Site Visits…the list goes on.  All of this is coordinated so that it complements the wider PSHE and careers programme. We frequently have feedback from employers and others remarking on how well our students are prepared for employment.

A sample of the Work-Related Learning Programme for each year with provisional activities can be found by clicking the links below.

 

“Employers are extensively involved with the school, as patrons, partners, governors and mentors. They help to shape the curriculum, through an employer forum which meets five times each year. Consequently, the school is able to respond quickly to local needs and changes to employment patterns. The school is extremely well integrated into its locale and the construction and built environment sector. It is successfully helping to address local employment priorities within the sector and regeneration priorities in the Black Country.” (Ofsted, 2018)

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

Work Related Learning Programme:

 

Labour Market Information

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

As a students at West Midlands UTC, your child will use UTCHub. This not only allows them to develop their career profile and interact with a wide range of employers from the specialist sectors and beyond, but it also provides detailed career profiles, labour market information and the ability to browse Work Experience and Apprenticeship / Employment opportunities.

In addition, you can browse Labour Market Information using the following website. Visiting speakers regularly provide up to date Labour Market Information when presenting to students. The ‘good’ news for those wishing to work within the sector is that there is already a skills gap from trade occupations to professional and technical roles and current forecasts show the gap widening dramatically over the next decade.

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“The school’s work to develop students’ employability skills is particularly successful. Through regular employer-led group projects, students develop high-order communication skills and learn how to work as part of a team. Moreover, they take specific roles which successfully develop their understanding of the construction sector and its technical vocabulary. Consequently, students are very well prepared for the world of work when they leave the school.” (Ofsted, 2018)

What might be next?

 

“Effective careers education in all years helps students to plan their next steps in education and employment. Employer mentors provide much helpful support and knowledge, especially of the construction and built environment sector. Students told inspectors that they valued the support and advice from their mentors. Several were particularly appreciative of the high-quality work placements that mentors had helped them to secure.” (Ofsted, 2018)

 

It is okay to be unsure of what your next step might be. Through our time with you, we will help you develop your understanding of the opportunities available within the sector as well as beyond. Try the Buzz quiz or Skills Health Check below for and little fun and self-discovery.

Buzz Quiz              Skills Health Check

As a UTC, we have generally an equal number of students at 16 choosing to pursue Level 3 ‘sixth form’ studies as choosing college to follow a trade apprenticeship route. At 18, about half of our students follow a University Degree pathway, with the other half choosing to follow a higher or degree apprenticeship.  Both routes are equally valuable and students will be well prepared from their studies at the UTC for continued success. If you are confused about the differing levels of qualification, more information can be found here.

As our lead sponsor, CITB are well placed to provide advice and guidance about apprenticeships within the sector and have an excellent web service, ‘Go Construct’. There are also several other sites that will be useful in researching options. Don’t forget, we can ensure that any questions you have are answered at the UTC. Remember, there a lot of roles within the sector that are not based in muddy fields! Do your research well, you will be surprised at the full range of career available.

Student Progression

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

As a student at the UTC, you are following a curriculum that is developed in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. This relationship affords certain benefits for our students, including guaranteed placement offers for courses, the opportunity to compete for scholarships, exposure to University lectures and events and progression pathways.  More information can be found here, about the opportunities available with the University.

Student Case Studies – Apprenticeships

 

Click the link to read what previous students and employers have to say:

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

Careers Information at West Midlands UTC

Student Finance

There is no doubt about it, going to University is a financial investment in your future, with measurable benefits including job satisfaction, lifelong earning potential and increased life expectancy. For those that choose to complete a degree apprenticeship, they are funded by your employer and studied on a part time basis over 5 years, allowing you to ‘learn and earn’.  Whichever route is right for you will depend upon many things, but below you can find further information about how University finance works.

 

Student Finance: How to Apply

 

Student Finance Calculator

 

16-19 Bursary Fund

West Midlands UTC Provider Access Statement

 

This policy statement sets out the UTC’s arrangement for managing access of providers to pupils at the school and for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the UTC’s legal obligations under section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

 

Pupil Entitlement

All pupils in Year 10-13 are entitled to:

  1. Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  2. Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through events, assemblies and group discussions;
  3. Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the UTC careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils. Please speak to our Careers Leader (contact details above) to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

 

Premises and Facilities

The school will make a presentation space available for discussions between the provider and the pupils, as appropriate to the activity and available on the date/time required. The school will also make available AV and specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit/event.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the Careers Leader. This will be made available to all students.

Careers. It is what we do!

The school’s curriculum is distinctive and well planned. Employers contribute impressively to many aspects of school life. The school’s specialism is evident in all that it does.” (Ofsted, 2018)