Next steps after Bucks UTC

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Next steps after Bucks UTC

Once you finish your studies, you will need to decide on your next steps after Bucks UTC. Whilst you will have your GCSEs, BTEC, WJECs or A levels and professional qualifications, Bucks UTC students will have a range of options open to them including employment, degree apprenticeships, apprenticeships or university. Particularly, we work closely with each student to help them decide on the best option for their career aspirations. Furthermore, each student is invited to have a personal Next Steps meeting. From that meeting, a plan will be formed for suggested options the individual students can explore and follow.

The destinations that all students have ahead of them are as follows:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Further education

In addition, you can find some great information that we would like to share. This includes links to UCAS, Springpod and Bucks Skill Hub. The Bucks Skills Online Show is annual and this year covered some very useful subjects.

Please download the latest edition of the Classroom to Career newsletter in pdf  format. This can be read by parents/carers, teachers and students.

Next steps with Degree Apprenticeships

Firstly, the UCAS site explains what a Degree Apprenticeship is about. Find out what you need to know about apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships.

Morgan Sindall – Apprenticeships – The UTC has excellent relations with Morgan Sindall and mock interviews for apprenticeships can be set up for those interested. The UTC has worked closely with Morgan Sindall and provided work experience in the local sites.

A company the UTC works closely with as an Employer Partner is BMW Group! Take a look and create your own login to register.

Are you curious about how things work? Do you love to create? Maybe you’re driven by a desire to make things better. They are always looking for passionate and ambitious apprentices to help them ensure the highest standards across world-leading brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

IBM There is a great link to join IBM as a School leaver for apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship. At IBM, work is more than a job—it’s a calling. To build. To design. To code. To consult.

PWC “Pathway to a flying start” –  A Year 12 Pre apprenticeship programme with PWC “Pathway to a Flying Start” which should not be passed over .

Talent Foundry is new to the UTC this Term and connected to Barclays LifeSkills, see a few below and there are more links to opportunities  in the attached document called “Opportunities with The Talent Foundry”.

KPMG – Work Ready – Now taking bookings for September – December 2021

Understand the local job market

Next steps in understanding the local job market

Buckinghamshire Skills Hub has produced a great YouTube explanation to help you understand the local job market.

Find out more YouTube here. If you would prefer to have a PDF copy of the presentation, no problem simply just download a PDF copy here.

Next steps with Apprenticeships

Obviously, as employees of an organisation, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills. Apprentices also receive training (usually on a day release basis) to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Key benefits:

  • Earn a salary
  • Get paid holiday
  • Receive training
  • Gain qualification
  • Learn job specific skills
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Year 13 student from Bucks UTC

Next steps in University

Equally, if your next destinations is University, the UTC improves your chances of getting a place.  For every student, we listen carefully to where they want their future to be. Firstly, the maturity of the UTC business style environment gives our student confidence. The specialisms of the courses in Computing and Building Studies can cover more detail before starting university.

More specifically, this is a former student who joined to study Building Studies in Year 12 because he was interested in architecture. Read this blog post about pathways and destinations of Robert Gomez.

My time at the Bucks UTC has been amazing! The environment enabled me to connect with teachers on a partnership level rather than a ‘teacher to student’ relationship. I find that this partnership relationship with teachers makes learning much more engaging and provides an enjoyable environment.”

Next Steps in a Career

Furthermore, here is another student story of his pathway and next steps after Bucks UTC.

Aidan chose a specialism in Computing because he already had an interest in IT and the UTC’s course with the employer interaction was very appealing.  He is now a Server Infrastructure Engineer in the Civil Service. Aidan left in 2018 and reflects on his time with Bucks UTC.

The UTC gave me technical understanding and experiences that businesses and the industry actually care about. It was definitely well spent.  I was lucky enough to have 2 placements spent at Rackspace which allowed me to build a great relationship with the company and also build masses of knowledge and understanding of how cloud hosting organisations run. We shadowed their employees with their day to day tasks, had workshops where we could get hands on knowledge and also had a tour around one of their data centres!

What some of our former students say

How has your time at the UTC help you to succeed with your goals?

The UTC gave me great exposure to the IT world and opened several doors for me to start my career. It was incredibly rewarding to walk out with the qualifications that I gained, and most of all the knowledge I gained. I was able to walk straight into an apprenticeship and also push a lot of changes in my organisation as how apprentices are looked at because of my professionalism and knowledge gained through the UTC.

What is the one thing you will remember MOST about attending the Bucks UTC?

It will definitely be the approach that the UTC takes to teaching. It not not your average college, it is set up to be a professional environment to set you up ready for work. The tutors are all trying to help you and shape the college to make a better representation of later life.