Next steps – Careers Information Advice and Guidance

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Next steps – Careers Information, Advise and Guidance (CIAG)

Before you finish your studies, it is important to start planning your future and the next steps after Aylesbury UTC. Consequently, you achieve your GCSEs, BTEC, or A levels and professional qualifications. Aylesbury UTC students then have a range of options open to them. This is either 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. What is more, each student is invited to have a one to one Next Steps meeting and time with an independent Careers Advisor. A personal plan is formed with suggested options that each family can explore and follow.

So these are the destinations that all students have ahead of them are as follows:

  • Apprenticeships intermediate and advanced
  • Traineeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Further education

In addition, we like to share great information. For this reason, this page includes links to the government site for apprenticeships, plus UCAS, SpringPod and Bucks Skill Hub. Importantly, the annual Bucks Skills Show and news always covers local opportunities for students, parents and staff.

The Careers Lead at Aylesbury UTC is Jan Lloyd.

Please download the latest edition of the Classroom to Career newsletter in pdf  format. This can be read by parents/carers, teachers and students. Find out when and where latest events and careers fairs are happening. Short of time? then why not sign up for webinars, these are for everyone to learn more about different professions. IT REALLY IS VERY USEFUL!

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), but can also study in block sections at a University or with a training. provider.  The balance is 80% practical work and 20% study. Actually, apprenticeships are not a qualification in its own right, but may include qualifications.

Key benefits:

  • Earn a salary
  • Get paid holiday
  • Receive training
  • Gain qualification
  • Learn job specific skills

Next steps with Apprenticeships

Create your own account to manage your applications and get alerts about new apprenticeships. Search by location , level of apprenticeship and keywords form the sector and area you are interested in. Stay up to date with opportunities by setting up notifications that will come to your email. You can also search Traineeships on this site.

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

Find current vacancies for apprenticeships with leading companies. You can register for alerts specific to your destination career of keep an open mind.

It’s time to take control of your future! Meet Springpod – the careers platform where you can experience the world of work & university before applying. Find out about Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

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.

Amazon – Apprenticeships – Aylesbury UTC has excellent relations with AMAZON apprenticeship programme launches in March 2023. As well as taking the first step into a computer science career, successful applicants will benefit from on-the-job work experience and classroom-based learning. Find out more here.

Thames Valley Police – TVP – Why join?  Degree apprenticeships available all year round. Open to anyone between the ages of 18-55 who meets the eligibility requirements, the PCDA is a three-year programme combining operational duties with academic learning, resulting in formal degree qualification.

PWC  Early Careers – Be part of the New Equation Purpose-led work that makes an impact. You and your passion belong here. We offer a variety of programmes for School and College Leavers, undergraduates and graduates to start creating their careers with PwC. We focus on your skills and passions, not just your degree and education.

Wicks – are offering a Government funded Traineeship that helps you prepare for your future career, helping you get ready for the world of work and improve your chances of getting an Apprenticeship with Wickes or another employer. Trainees can expect a substantial , meaningful workplace experience helping to grow their confidence and self belief. This Traineeship Opportunity is unwaged.

Morgan Sindall – Apprenticeships – Aylesbury 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.

TRAVIS PERKINS – have a suite of Apprenticeship programmes from Level 2 to Level 7 that can support you to continue to develop your career with us, all the way up to the Boardroom.

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”.

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.

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

Year 13 student from Bucks UTC

Next Steps applying to University

Equally, you can choose to go University. We listen carefully to every student and where they want their future to be. As a matter of fact, it is an advantage for our UTC students to focus in more detail on a specialised course.

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 Aylesbury 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.”

How to choose a course

With so many courses on offer – and not just in the subject areas you would expect – there will be courses in subjects and subject combinations you’ve never even considered,  so it’s important you explore the different options thoroughly.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Choose a subject – the important thing is to choose a subject you enjoy that will help you reach your goals. Think about what you’re aiming to get out of the course – career progression, career change, or the chance to study a subject you love in more depth.
  2. Look at our subject guides to understand what the different subject areas have to offer – including graduate destinations, entry requirements, and personal statement tips.
  3. Browse the UCAS search tool for inspiration on the types of courses you can study – don’t forget to use the subject filters to narrow your search.

Next Steps in a Career

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