A careers event was held at UTC Swindon on Monday, 15 November, when a variety of employers and universities came in to offer advice to the students about the exciting opportunities open to them when they finish their time with us.
The visitors gave the students lots of food for thought on topics, including: what employers are looking for; CV writing; post 16 and 18 options; apprenticeships; the local labour markets and social media.
Among those exhibiting was Mark Eyles from TE Connectivity, who was impressed with the students he met.
“It was my pleasure to support. I have to say that I was very impressed with the students; very high potential I thought. Actually, I got some very nice feedback, which is much appreciated and in fact one student has asked to join my LinkedIn account; it was one of the final year students I spoke with – impressive,” he said.
Also present was Lisa Greenland from Willmott Dixon Construction Limited, who said: “We had a great day and got lots of engagement, especially from the younger pupils.”
Among the other companies and universities there on the day offering careers advice were BMW, NHS, Prolinx, Army and Navy, Babcock, Siemens, as well as Oxford Brookes, Reading, Winchester and Solent universities.
Jon Oliver, Principal of UTC Swindon, commented on the importance of these kinds of events, saying: “Preparing young people for the next stage of their career is an essential, but often overlooked, part of the school experience. At UTC Swindon, we regularly work with a wide range of employers and educational providers, to ensure that our students are able to make informed career choices in specialist technical areas that are struggling to recruit due to the national skills shortage.
“The amazing destinations that students achieve after their time with us is testament to this and we thank all of our employer partners for their support in bridging this gap.”
And a final thought from Solent University, who said: “Your students are so lovely.”