Careers Support

careers adviser speaking to students at Wyke

At Wyke Sixth Form College we want students to receive the full package and progress successfully on to their chosen career and future aspirations. We have a dedicated team of careers advisers who book individual appointments for students (upon request), if they require next step support throughout their time studying with us.

During the academic year, Wyke Sixth Form College host multiple career events; from the careers fair to sector specific talks with organisations and employers where they will talk directly to the students about their own career progression, about their organisation and what it is like working there. Careers also run drop in sessions on specific career elements such as finding the right pathway for students, CV and cover letter support, interview preparation and building their portfolio.

Apprenticeships and Other Progression

We are well aware that university is not the right option for all of our students and we have a dedicated member of staff who works closely with training providers who come into the college throughout the year to talk about apprenticeships and how students can apply. We regularly invite employers to come in to give talks about what they are looking for in future employees and the opportunities available to our students. Former students are also invited to attend to speak about their experience of being a gap year student and how they are finding their experience of working for specialist gap year companies such as Yipiyap.

Students are supported in building CVs, composing cover letters and help with searching for other suitable opportunities.

Work Experience

Here at Wyke, we believe in offering work experience placements to students, to help them overcome barriers to entering work, either through enhancing their CV, or more importantly, gaining confidence and really believing that they are adding a contribution to an organisation.

We have a Work Experience and Careers Coordinator that is here to give advice and guidance in getting the right placement for the students. They will help identify which area the student would like to work in and give ideas and suggestions on how to find work experience.

We also have a group of employers that support our students’ year after year.  Employers are always looking to recruit staff with work experience and our programme helps students to do this.

Employer Links

At Wyke, we understand that we have a critical role to play in preparing our students for the next step of their progression either in education, training or employment. We work in partnership with many employers across the region and understand the importance of making our students aware of the many different job roles and opportunities that are available. We want to help our students to understand that there are some great companies to work for and we are continually developing ways to engage with them.

Employers face increasing demands to engage with education and there are many reasons why they want to get involved, the main one being to actually meet our students and realise that they may be talking to their future employee.

We are continually building solid and long lasting relationships with our local employers and work with over 100 on a regular basis with activities such as work experience, employers coming into the college to give industry talks and also talk about their own career path, our students are given the chance to visit employers to be able to observe and understand what goes on. Below are some of the examples of our students having a taste for what the world of work is really like.

G F Smith – Students were invited into G F Smith who are a paper product manufacturer and offer high end bespoke paper based products, the students were there for the full morning, to get a real feel for how each department works in their business and what they actually do on a day to day basis.  A member of each department was on hand to talk to the students and explain their role in detail.

M & W Construction – Students were invited to look around the construction site of the RB Centre for Scientific Excellence arranged by M & W Construction.  They spoke to lots of different people throughout the morning who gave them real life stories of the job roles they carried out such as architect, civil engineer etc.

The Centre will house a new industry-leading healthcare development facility and after visiting the centre, many of our students said they could see themselves in the future working in the laboratories.

IT @ Spectrum – is a huge supporter of helping our students understand the nature of their business and how they can become part of their organisation.  Tim Davison, Commercial Director, is very passionate about working with our students to inform them about their organisation and what they are looking for when they recruit their new employees.  They offer work experience, but also encourage students to come to their facility and have a look around and ask questions about what they do.  Students have attended a coffee morning with Tim for a general chat and at the end did say to students that this was their first interview!

BAe Systems – also supports our students, not only with work experience, some of Wyke ex-students that are now apprentices with BAe Systems come in and talk to our student about what their role on the site.  When student have completed work experience, they have to give a presentation to staff and parents about what they have been doing.

KPMG – also encourages ex-students to share stories about their journey with the organisation and the many different job roles available.

Students also attend sector specific events, such as the “hands on Health” day hosted by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Students that have an interest in working within the health sector took part in interactive activities from various health departments. The activities ranged from pathology, nursing to nuclear medicine and pharmacy. The aim of the event was to inspire students and find out about the different careers, some which they may not have previously considered.

For further information please contact Vicky Riseham on Tel 346347 ext 522 or vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk