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Spotlight on Employer Engagement ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

One of the many things that makes a UTC different from your average secondary school is the close engagement with employers.

For the last two years, UTC Reading has been running the UTC Pipeline Programme, where Key Stage 5 students (Year 12 and 13) are paired with employers that match their interests. They spend four days over two terms with them, learning about the company, developing their technical and employability skills, and developing a relationship with the industry partner. At the end of the year, this leads to an increased chance of work experience or apprenticeship opportunities.

Every year the companies involved in the UTC Pipeline Programme are highly impressed by the students and recruit directly from the student body. The academic year 2020/21 will be different in a number of ways, but plans are afoot to convert the UTC Pipeline Programme into a virtual programme if face-to-face engagement is not possible.

As well as the UTC Pipeline Programme, we also provide Key Stage 4 students with four ‘Experience Days’ a year, where employers run projects, workshops and challenges for them. Last year students had some amazing experiences with CIOB and Kier, Cisco, Innerscope and Making Generation R, who ran amazing resilience workshops for our Year 11 students. Again, if face-to-face engagement is not possible in the coming term and onwards, then these will be offered remotely.

Every year there are also a number of information events; Careers Fair, Apprenticeship Fair, and talks by local employers, especially those offering apprenticeships to school leavers. During the academic year 2019-20, UTC Reading also introduced a number of ‘clinics’ for students to discuss their personal statements, CVs and cover letters with industry professionals and outreach staff from local universities. In order for students to make the most of this information, careers guidance is built into the Personal and Professional Development programme and the careers team, team leaders and heads of year are there to support students with their decisions.

For more information on Employer Engagement at UTC Reading please visit our website: https://www.utcreading.co.uk/page/?title=Employer+engagement&pid=174

For news on the amazing destinations our students have achieved through the partnerships with our industry partners, please visit our news page (https://www.utcreading.co.uk/news/?pid=18&nid=2) or follow us on Twitter (@UTCReading), Instagram (@utcreading), Facebook (@UTCReading) or LinkedIn (UTC Reading).

Written by Amy Sutcliffe, Events Lead at UTC Reading 

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