UTC Reading host Careers Fair
On Tuesday 16 January, UTC Reading hosted a Careers Fair for students to attend, as well as opening the invite to parents in the evening.
The Careers Fair took place in the afternoon with each year group having the opportunity to come in and sit with a range of leading industry partners, such as Cisco, PBA and BMW, in small groups. This ensured that all students were able to speak to all employers relevant to their currently pathway of study.
The companies focused on explaining the different paths to achieving a career with them such as; University, apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and work experience placements.
The event was a great success with many students asking engaging question about what a future in each company could mean for them.
Thank you to all of our industry partners that exhibited and presented at the event: Cisco, CGI, Sky, Prudential, Thames Water, Army, Thales, PBA, CITB, National Grid and BMW.
Read about how our partners found the event:
“My role at Cisco means I get to touch on lots of different areas of the business in my rotations - so I can experience roles from sales and marketing to technical.
I was at the UTC for two years before joining Cisco. I think it prepared me for my future at Cisco as it helped me to build understanding of the company. My current mentor at Cisco was my project mentor when I was at the UTC. This was really helpful as I got to interact with them on tasks and show them the skills I was learning while at the UTC.
Today, we have spoken about the Cisco Degree Apprenticeship programme and “Pathway to your future” our work experience programme available to Year 10 and 11s. Our Apprenticeship recruitment has just opened (15 January) and we’ll be accepting applications until the end of National Apprenticeship Week (10th May).” Simon Light, Cross Functional Apprentice, Cisco
"It's been strange today being on the other side of the desk, trying to engaging with the students in the way we did when we were at the UTC. We talked mainly about what career pathways we offer at CGI mainly focusing on degree apprentices. We explained that one day a week you go to university, what that day will involve, while the rest of the week you are treated as any other employee in a work environment.
For our apprenticeship schemes we advise you apply as soon as possible, as applications will close when all spaces have been filled.
I think events like this are really beneficial as it's useful to have an idea of the companies that are out there.” Chris Gilmour, Junior Software Designer, CGI
"Today has been helpful for us, especially to see the talent that's coming through the school; you're able to see who's really interested and passionate about their future. For the majority of today we spoke about our company, our apprenticeship programme and how that runs.
Our apprenticeships open in February and will close at the end of March. The discussions today fell into more of an advice giving session towards the end - talking the students through their futures and where they're headed.
The students were very professional; the UTC does that really well, teaching good work etiquette.
This event is a great way to talk to employers. I was in the same situation a few years back and I attended this careers fair - that's what helped me make my way to Prudential.” Edward Gilder, Financial Reporting Analyst, Prudential
Here’s what our Year 13 students had to say:
“The fair has been really productive and I feel I've found out a lot of information about things that you might not necessarily hear about in your usual lessons. The partners mainly discussed apprenticeship schemes with us, but they did touch on alternative route as well.
My favourite talk was with Cisco as the two employees came to the UTC last year so I know them well. Their talk was interactive which I enjoyed.
My plans after the UTC are to study software engineering or games software engineering at Bournemouth University. I think studying at the UTC has aided me in my chosen career path as they give you lots of information on how to apply for university and help you with your UCAS application throughout.” Daniel Reed, Year 13
Jake Wilkinson and Andrea Stella from left to right
“I found today really interesting as you get to interact with different companies that explain what is available to you and the different ways to join. They expressed that there is always space for you to grow in a company and that an apprenticeship can really help with that.
I liked the CGI and SKY talks most as I'm interested in going into an apprenticeship - I don't think university is for me. They talked you through what you'll be doing on a day-to-day bias and how you would fit into the company.
My aim is to go for an apprenticeship in software development after I finish this year - I'm not sure where, but this careers fair has made me aware of the options available to me.” Andrea Stella, Year 13
“Today has been really beneficial as it's much better to actually talk to the people at the companies instead of doing all your research on google.
Cisco was personally interesting for me because the employees used to go to the UTC. I knew them so it was good to see how they have developed in their new roles” Jake Wilkinson, Year 13