What is Careers?

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 the 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. Careers education, information, advice and guidance plays an essential role in preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life and our Careers programme will provide all the support each child needs.

How are we different?

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.

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.

Further Information for:

  • Students

  • Employers

Work Related Learning

In 2022-2023, we are adapting events and experiences planned for students wherever possible to ensure that we deliver the best experience whilst remaining COVID19 compliant. We intend to run a normal year, but some events may need to be cancelled, subject to the availability of external speakers. We will monitor and adapt plans for this and next year accordingly to ensure students are informed of their choices moving forward.

“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)

A substantial number of employers work closely with the UTC to develop and deliver a programme that offers students an authentic experience in the workplace. Throughout the year, opportunities may arise and vary, but a typical programme will incorporate Work Experience, Mentoring, Careers Advice and Guidance, Employer Projects, Mock Interviews, Guest Speakers, Site Visits, and the list goes on. The Work-Related Learning Programme is coordinated to complement the wider PSHE and Careers Programme. We frequently receive feedback from employers and others remarking on the preparedness of our students for employment. Links can be found below with provisional activities for each year of the Work-Related Learning Programme. Provisional activities for each year of the Work-Related Learning Programme can be located by clicking the links below.

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Y7 Work Related Learning Programme
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Y10 Work Related Learning Programme
17 September 2021 Download File
Y11 Work Related Learning Programme
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Y12 and Y13 Work Related Learning Programme
17 September 2021 Download File

Student Case Study

Don't just take our word on it, please take the time to watch the videos below to hear what it is like to study at Thomas Telford UTC from previous students, and find out where our life-changing courses have taken them.

Class of 2020
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Video Short from Jai
Video Short from Amber
Comments from Employers and Students

Jacob Reynolds—Year 13
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Gurkeitan Barring—Year 11
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Jack Perry—Year 13
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Student Support

“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 commonly have an equivalent number of students at 16 years of age who choose to pursue a Level 3 (Sixth-Form) study as those choosing a college to follow a pathway into a trade apprenticeship. At 18 years of age, approximately half of our students follow the pathway to University while the rest follow a higher or degree apprenticeship. Both routers are equally valuable, and students will be well prepared from their studies at the UTC for continued success. For a structured breakdown regarding the levels of qualifications, please click on the link below.

What qualification levels mean

Go Construct
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Work Box Construction Related Careers Advice
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The University and College Admissions Service
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Apprenticeships Guide
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Russell Group guide to making decisions at 16
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University Guidance
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Careers Advice for Parents
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Careers helpline for teenagers
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University Clearing Advice
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Find An Apprenticeship Service
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Aspire to HE
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Student Finance

There is no doubt that going to University is a substantial financial investment in your future, with the trade-off being measurable benefits such as job satisfaction, lifelong earning potential, and increased life expectancy. For those that choose to pursue a degree level apprenticeship, you will benefit from being funded by your employer, and you will study on a part-time basis over the span of 5 years, enabling you to earn whilst learning at a steady pace. Whichever pathway is right for you will depend on many things. Below you will find further information about how University financing works.

Apply for Finance
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Finance Calculator
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Bursary Information
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Labour Market Information

What is LMI?

"Labour Market Information (LMI) is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment. LMI helps to break down the complex ‘world of work’– ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed." - Black Country Skills Factory

Why is LMI important to Young People?

"The world of working is changing rapidly. New technology and industry changes create some new jobs and also make others obsolete. Alongside the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic changing the way jobs are carried out and having a huge impact on the job market, it can be hard to keep up. It is important that young people are given the tools and information to aid their decisions about future careers and LMI is a key part of this." -Black Country Skills Factory

For more information regarding the Labour Market, please click the link below and read throught the booklet.

LMI Booklet

How can you get involved?

We welcome all employers from different industries to the UTC due to the variety of academic and career opportunities provided to our students. there are a number of ways in which you can reach students, advertise vacancies, and take part in events, such as: Work Experience; Mock Interviews; Careers Story; Employer Mentoring; Guest Lectures; Careers Fair and many more. Please contact the UTC to find out more information.

Access Statement


Thomas Telford UTC is devoted to delivering a robust CEIAG programme for all students from Year 7 and beyond, and we recognise the statutory requirements needed to achieve that. As a school, we strategically align with the 'Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership' (BCLEP) in addition to ensuring our programme fulfils the requirements of the DfE statutory guidance, the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP)

Gatsby Benchmark

In line with the Baker Clause, we welcome other providers to come and speak to our students regarding their offerings to give them an overview of all available options including apprenticeships, technical qualifications, and A-Levels. Where possible, we will look to accommodate the request in full, however, where we are unable to do so we will liaise with external providers to deliver a compromise.

Baker Clause - Provider Access

This policy statement establishes the UTCs arrangement for managing the access to and from providers for students and the information we give to students regarding a provider's education or training offer. Under the policy, the UTC fulfils legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil Entitlement

All students are entitled to:

  • Know about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities as part of the careers programme, which supplies details on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships often presented through options and taster events, assemblies, and group discussions;
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Management of Provider Access Requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact Laura Fletcher, Director of Careers. Details found below.

Opportunities for Access

There are numerous events intergrated into the UTC careers programme that will offer providers plenty of opportunities to come into the school and speak directly to the students. To find the best opportunity, contact Laura Fletcher, Director of Careers.

Premises and Facilities

The UTC will make a presentation space available for discussions between providers and students, depending on the activity and date/time required. The UTC will also make available specialist equipment to support provider presentations agreed upon in advance of the visit/event. In addition, providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the careers leader which will be made available to all students.

Careers, it's 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)



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