Many students will go on to develop careers as professional engineers, some with a strong emphasis on building a more sustainable future.
Opportunities for engineers are widespread, well rewarded and global in nature – young engineers use their knowledge to develop new technologies and solve challenging problems. With the right skills engineers become team and project leaders and ultimately rise to the top of local and multi-national companies. This is a key reason why our entrepreneurial programme is embedded within our curriculum and why exposure to the working environment is so important. Equally other students will be able to build successful careers in completely different areas of work – including using the entrepreneurial skills they have learned with us to help them set up their own businesses.
Progression to employment
By working alongside employers you learn about the skills and qualities that businesses value. Work experience and challenge projects give you the opportunity to develop these skills, get feedback from employers and establish your credentials as a future employee. You will have gained first-hand experience of real careers in engineering, particularly in the fields of environmental and marine engineering. This will give you a real advantage when applying for a job in a sector that really motivates you.
Progression to Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships
Today’s workplace is defined by employees with highly specialised technical skill sets. Even though you have followed a specialised curriculum it is likely that you will need further training to be fully ‘employer ready’ to fulfil particular job roles. Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships are designed to do just that. They represent a key link between education and employment in many technical areas. Working and studying side by side underpins Apprenticeships. Continuously updating your skills is a fundamental element of a successful career in our rapidly changing technological world – Apprenticeships support a mindset to do this.
“I am really excited to start an apprenticeship in Computer Numerically Controlled Engineering which has been created especially for me. I also want to start my own business in 3D printing.”
Progression to university
The A levels we offer provide the ideal combination of subjects for progression to university to study a wide range of engineering specialisms, mathematics (including accountancy and actuarial science), computing and programming, and the sciences. If for example you are considering a career in the field of medicine, doctors now rely on highly technical electronic equipment both in the field of diagnosis and surgical treatment to do their jobs. The subjects we offer provide a progression route for students aspiring to medical careers.
“I have a scholarship in equine science at university. My biology teacher Mrs Hamilton has been very supportive – she is an equine scientist too! It has been really good to get so much personal attention from the teachers here.”
Even if you are considering a career in a field that does not require the study of particular A levels, the subjects we offer are highly valued by universities and can enhance your chance of a career in, for example, law. Your hands-on experience of business and industry at the UTC will be a major advantage if you choose to take a business-related degree.
“As the leading recycling and waste management company both nationally and regionally, we are excited by the prospect of the UTC and proud to be the lead-employer sponsor of this innovative, educational facility. We are looking forward to helping develop skilled and qualified employees of the future.”
Allan Key, General Manager (South Downs) Veolia UK
To find out more on Apprenticeships go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk and take your learning to the next level.