Work experience and careers
Welcome to the UTC Careers page. As we are a UTC, careers and future employment is crucial in our work with our young people. We will be working with students to enhance their understanding of the current labour market as well as explore their options in Higher Education, Apprenticeships and future careers.
Our aim is to ensure we equip all of our students with the necessary tools and confidence so that they may be ready to take on the world of work. We will also be striving to provide the best support that we can offer in order to help each of our students succeed with any applications or programmes they wish to undertake.
Over the course of the academic year, we will be working with all students in various activities and would like to ask parents to help support us in doing so. We want to ensure that each student gets a chance to develop an understanding of what it means to work and what they would like to work towards. Having the support of parents would also be of great value in creating a cohesive approach and collaborative attitude toward Higher Education and Careers.
All our students work within the Skills Builder essential skills framework and we assess their skills at the start of year. We create an individual action plan to develop the skills through the academic year. To learn more about Skills Builder please see this link https://www.skillsbuilder.org/
Our aim for 2021 is to ensure each year group experiences and gains knowledge in the following areas:
Year 10: Through our Personal Development sessions our students’ study ‘The world of work’ and ‘Preparation for working life’. Also, all Year 10s complete two weeks of work experience at the end of the academic year. Each Year 10 receives a 1-2-1 Careers session from out full time Careers Advisor
Year 11: Through our Personal Development sessions our students’ study ‘Higher education’ and ‘Jobs and Apprenticeships’. Each Year 11 receives a 1-2-1 Careers session from out full time Careers Advisor
Sixth Form: Bespoke individual support for each student in Year 12 and 13. Also, as part of the Sixth Form ‘Entitlement’ Year 12s and 13s must be involved in an enterprise project, employer project, a work placement and a community project. All these activities support our Sixth formers to develop their employability skills and expose them to real world work experiences.
Many employers will expect students to have a CV and a personal statement at hand. We advise students to have one prepared if they are intending on participating in any Careers or Apprenticeship fairs. For guidance on how to construct a CV and a cover letter, please click this link below:
If you are a student or a parent wanting to know more about higher education, courses and different universities then please follow this link:
If you are a student or a parent wanting to know more about Apprenticeships in England, then please follow this link:
Our Careers Advisor, Mr Cohen, is based on the second floor and is full time. Mr Cohen holds one to one meeting’s with students to discuss Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Careers with allotted time slots. However, the Careers Advisor is available to all students to guide and answer any questions or queries that they may have so all students are welcome to drop in and ask questions should they have any. Mr Cohen also regular emails out opportunities and meets with students informally to ensure they are on course for their future destination
If any parent wishes to speak to a member of the Careers team about any concerns they may have or need any support, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school or email: Mikael.Cohen@southbank-utc.co.uk
We review our careers programme annually. Next review June 2022.
We commit to offering a full range of high-quality, evidence informed advice and guidance on the full range of pathways for our students. This will include pathways within and beyond the LSBU Group. We are informed by current research, such as local EMSI data to understand local and regional labour market trends. We offer students access to a range of guidance including on technical and vocational education as well as providers with an atypical entry in line with the Baker Clause. See our policies for our Provider Access statement