Career Programmes

The careers programmes at Waterfront UTC are designed to support students at each stage of transition and decision-making. They aim to provide students with relevant information to help  them make informed choices about their future, and develop their employability skills.

Below is an overview of the areas covered in each year:

YEAR 9

  • At the beginning of the school year, students receive an action plan to complete which is used throughout the year to set targets, look at different careers and identify skills.
  • Termly Career workbooks are completed during Tutor time covering topics related to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Trips and Visits: The Skills Show, The Big Bang Fair, Careers fair at Waterfront UTC, Local Careers Fairs, workshops and presentations from various outside companies and our Employer Partners.
  • Careers Pathways Workshops delivered by external agencies.

Year 10

  • At the beginning of the school year, students receive an action plan to complete which is used throughout the year to set targets, look at different careers and identify skills.
  • Termly Career workbooks are completed during Tutor time covering topics related to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Work Experience week with a Construction or Engineering Company.
  • Trips and Visits: The Skills Show, The Big Bang Fair, Careers fair at Waterfront UTC, Local Careers Fairs, workshops and presentations from various outside companies and our Employer Partners.

Year 11

  • At the beginning of the school year, students receive an action plan to complete which is used throughout the year to set targets, look at different careers and identify skills.
  • Termly Career workbooks are completed during Tutor time covering topics related to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Post 16 Options Evening – an information evening about the options available for further study at Waterfront UTC and alternative pathways.
  • Careers Interview with a qualified Careers Adviser, with an action plan to use.
  • CV Workshops and Mock interviews with our partner companies.
  • Trips and Visits: The Skills Show, The Big Bang Fair, Mid Kent College Visit, Careers Fair at Waterfront UTC, Local Careers Fairs, Workshops and presentations from various outside companies and our Employer Partners.

Year 12

  • At the beginning of the school year, students receive an action plan to complete which is used throughout the year to set targets, look at different careers and identify skills.
  • Termly Career workbooks are completed during Tutor time covering topics related to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • CV Workshops and Mock interviews with our partner companies.
  • Ongoing work experience programme with our Employer Partners throughout the academic year.
  • Trips and Visits: UCAS Conference, University of Greenwich, Careers fair at Waterfront UTC, local Careers Fairs, workshops and presentations from various outside companies and our Employer Partners.

Year 13

  • At the beginning of the school year, students receive an action plan to complete which is used throughout the year to set targets, look at different careers and identify skills.
  • CV Workshops and Mock Interviews with our Employer Partners.
  • Careers Interview with a qualified Careers Adviser, with an action plan to use.
  • Ongoing work experience programme with our Employer Partners throughout the academic year.
  • Personal Statement and UCAS sessions with ambassadors from the University of Greenwich.
  • One to one and group support in applying for University and apprenticeships with the Careers Coordinator and external companies.
  • Trips and Visits: UCAS Exhibition, University of Greenwich, What Career? What Uni Live?, Careers Fair at Waterfront UTC, local careers fairs, workshops and presentations from various outside companies and our Employer Partners.

Measuring and Assessing the Impact of the Careers Programme

At Waterfront UTC, we understand that excellent Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is critical for young people if they are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.  Every individual student deserves high-quality careers guidance to make informed decisions about their future.  Here at the UTC, as well as as a taught Careers Curriculum,  we work with a number of agencies to include Medway Council (Enterprise Ambassadors), CKX (Careers Interviews), MEBP (Medway Education Business Partnership) and our Employer Partners who ensure that our students are in a position to make an informed choice surrounding their future beyond the UTC. 

The CEIAG Programme and all partnership agreements are reviewed annually by the Director of Employer Engagement, Ajay Attra using the CDI National Framework, the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Investor in Careers quality standards. A report is submitted to the Headteacher, Paul Cottam and Careers Governor, highlighting any areas that may have been identified for improvement.

Evaluation of the taught CEIAG curriculum is undertaken regularly (termly). All activities that form the careers and enterprise programme are evaluated by the Headteacher, Paul Cottam and the information is used to inform planning for the future. The UTC uses evaluation methods, such as observations, questioning as well as questionnaires completed by students and staff after sessions and careers activities

A successful work experience programme has been established at the UTC for Year 10 students, as well as rolling programme in 6th form, facilitated by Employer Partners.  Students benefit from being mentored by professions during this process in their desired Specialism. 

The UTC measures and assesses the impact of its careers programme by using a number of benchmarks. Interim reviews for individual programmes take place throughout the academic year with a full review undertake in the Autumn term. 

The next full review will take place in September 2020

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