Thomas Telford UTC offers a full time Careers team to support students, parents and carers in regards to their next steps once they leave the UTC. Our key aim at Thomas Telford UTC is to ensure that our students make well-informed decisions about the future and have the skills to succeed in whatever pathway they’ve chosen.
The Careers Team consists of a full time Careers Leader and Vice Principal, Mr Maxfield - Simon.Maxfield@wmcutc.co.uk.
He is supported by:
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. 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)
As a students at Thomas Telford 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.
“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.
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.
Don’t just take our word for it, hear what it’s like to study at Thomas Telford UTC from previous students, and find out where our life-changing courses have taken our students.Click the link to read what employers have to say as well:
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.