All eyes on the future at careers event
UTC was abuzz when some 30 volunteers came in to give students an insight into careers, apprenticeships, university and more.
Apprenticeships, university and training courses and employment paths were on show when UTC Reading inviting a range of providers in for a Careers Day on Tuesday, February 8.
Years 10 to 13 really made the most of their time with more than 30 different providers who volunteered their time to support our students in exploring options for the future.
Among the providers offering their time were the RAF, Royal Navy, Army, Stantec, Cisco, Yipp Yapp, AWE, Vodafone, Thames Water, Alstom, CentreSpace Design, as well as various universities.
Representing their companies were UTC Reading alumni students Alex Hine, who is studying for a Digital Technology and Solutions apprenticeship at Cisco and James Carter, who is studying for a Bachelors in Civil Infrastructure at Stantec. Alex says he is loving his time as an apprentice and offered this advice to those thinking of taking one up: "My advice to anyone is to apply to as many apprenticeship places as you are interested in to broaden your chance of landing one."
James offered words of encouragement to those hoping to go on to an apprenticeship too, pointing out how the education they are receiving at UTC can really make them stand out as applicants: "From my first day at Stantec I was thrown into real projects. They could see from my UTC training that I could do it," he said.
Throughout the day students asked insightful questions, exploring possible university courses and entry requirements, while better understanding volunteering opportunities.
CentreSpace Design and Stantec brought in civil engineering and design-based activities which really gave the students a hint to what working at these companies would be like, while Thames Water brought in a fun waterways challenge.
Our Year 10’s and 11’s also gained a better understanding of the opportunities at the end of Year 11, including going to some of our local schools and colleges.
After such a long absence of face-to-face events like this, it was great to see our students engaging with our visitors.
"There is nothing quite like seeing students faces light up with excitement, how proud they are of the conversation they just had or the realisation of what they could achieve," said UTC's Executive Director of Careers & Destinations Stephanie Mitchell.
We had some great feedback from the providers, including: “I would like to commend your students as they were polite, articulate and simply delightful," and "we met some great students, and it was brilliant to hear that some of them have already applied to us”.
Thank you to all of our visitors for making those moments happen.