Charlotte was a Year 11 student studying Computing at Bucks UTC. She secured a placement with our employer partner BeSeen Marketing, a Digital Marketing Agency based in Beaconsfield. Having an interest in web design, Charlotte was keen to develop and test her skills. She was set the task of working with the BeSeen development team to design and build the ‘Fair 4 All’ website for a local charity, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS).
Using Adobe Photoshop, Charlotte designed concepts for the homepage and inner pages of the website. She then assisted in building the site on a WordPress platform. Charlotte gained valuable work experience and insights into the practical side of developing a website.
BeSeen Director, Chris Bantock, said “Charlotte worked extremely well with the BeSeen team and made a valuable contribution to the overall project. The main winner here is Charlotte herself, who now has practical work experience in a marketing agency which will make her stand out of the crowd when looking at her future employment opportunities.”
Ex-year 11 student, Kasey, has been working with engineering company BuroHappold. His placement has focused on Computer-aided Design (CAD), Revit and Dialux software. CAD is widely used in construction to create technical drawings which are extremely accurate and realistic.
One of the projects Kasey was given while with BuroHappold was to adapt the components of an air conditioning unit to cater for rooms of different sizes. He also learnt how to use Dialux, lighting design software, and he was taught how to simulate different lighting conditions onto different materials.
Kasey is a construction student and he is very interested in engineering. “Working with BuroHappold has given me a great idea of what it’s like to work in the engineering industry and has increased my confidence. I’m still exploring my options, but I feel that Bucks UTC has helped me for whatever I choose to do next.”
One of our main sponsors at Bucks UTC is Taylor Wimpey, one of the biggest house builders in the UK. Henry, a construction student, left Bucks UTC last year and is now working with Taylor Wimpey in their Site Management Trainee Scheme. “I have a great chance of moving up within the company at the end of my trainee scheme. I’m really glad I went to Bucks UTC as it has ultimately led to my career with Taylor Wimpey. The fact that Taylor Wimpey sponsors the College was a huge motivation for me.”
Simon, Associate Production Director for Oxford at Taylor Wimpey said, “It is brilliant that we are able to get young people interested in construction, particularly site management and especially when they come from Bucks UTC as they already have skills and an insight into the construction industry. It can be difficult to find young people who are interested in the construction industry, however, due to the exposure they receive, Bucks UTC students have a real interest in it.”
Natalia was an aspiring web developer in her last year at Bucks UTC and, in addition to her studies, has been on a work placement with our employer partners BeSeen Marketing. Working within their web development department she has gained a huge amount of real-life experience and practical knowledge. Her main project during the placement has been to develop a new website for BuDS, a local charity that speaks up for the interests of disabled people in Bucks.
Natalia said “Working at BeSeen has been great. I’m gaining so much experience in the field that I want to work in. Not many people can leave school saying they already have a whole year of work experience in web development!”
Felix didn’t want to take the traditional route of A levels and then university, instead he chose Bucks UTC. After leaving Bucks UTC Felix went straight into the trainee site management scheme offered by our employer partners Taylor Wimpey
Felix’s mum, Anna, said “We have been extremely impressed with Bucks UTC. The progress Felix has made and the opportunity of work experience with Taylor Wimpey demonstrates that the college will do everything in its power to ensure students meet their potential.”