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Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

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Whilst over 70% of students progress onto university when they leave Wyke, an increasing number are looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Apprenticeships. Many nationally recognised companies run these schemes that are targeted at recruiting future employees with A levels and level three BTEC qualifications. The most sort after programmes guide students to a sponsored place at university and a professionally recognised qualification.

Wyke 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

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British Science Festival

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A large contingent of Applied Science students will be visiting the British Science Festival next week as this prestigious event comes to Hull for the first time.

The students will be attending two lectures held at the Hull University campus. “Space Medicine” looks how space exploration affects the health of astronauts. The second talk, “The Weight of Expectation”, explores the health debates surrounding the obesity crisis.

Both lectures are not only informative; they also directly link into the student’s assessment and qualification. One of the units on Applied Science, “How Scientists Communicate their Work”, is supported by the information available at the festival.

The British Science Festival is the longest-standing science Festival in the UK. Organised by the British Science Association, it grew out of the tradition of the annual meetings of the Association – first held in York in 1831, and annually at cities across the UK. The four-day event is one of Europe’s longest-established science festivals, which each year travels to a new part of the UK, bringing a vast array of events, performances and exhibitions with a scientific twist.

Working in partnership with the University of Hull and other organisations in the Humber region, the British Science Festival is a flagship event as part of Hull’s City of Culture legacy focusing on three key areas – energy and the environment; health and the medical sciences; and exploration, movement and discovery.

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Stepping Stone to a Career in IT

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Jobs within the IT & Computing sector are highly paid and professionally rewarding. The BTEC IT & Computing courses at Wyke have an established track record in supporting students into their first job within the industry.

The list of blue-chip, national, local and international companies that now employ a former Wyke IT student is impressive.

From Microsoft to BAE Systems, from locally based firms such as Smith & Nephew to Sonoco-Trident, Wyke provides an ideal learning environment for students looking at a career in the technology sector.

Former Wyke IT & Computing students are now employed at: –
Advanced, APD Communications, Attest, BAE Systems, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, BemroseBooth Paragon, Blinkbox, Bluesmith Information Systems, Breaking Blue, Centroid, ClearSky Contractor Accounting, Cleethorpes Academy, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, ECM Systems, Harris Lacey & Swain, Hull Daily Mail, IT@Spectrum, KCOM, Lakeview Computers, Legend Club Management Systems, Legendary Entertainment, Local Transport Projects, Longhill Primary School, Microsoft, Mobius Media, Omega PLC, Polarisoft, Portakabin, rrader, Safelincs, Sainsbury’s, Select Group, SGS, SGSCO, Smailes Goldie, Smith & Nephew, Sonoco-Trident, Spencer Group, Strawberry, Talk-Talk, Tevalis, The One Point, Verve Personnel, Wren Kitchens, X-Lab.

Applications are still open for students looking at a September 2018 start. Visit our website for course details and to apply online. www.wyke.ac.uk

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Star Physics Students

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Wyke A-level Physics have recently completed ground-breaking research into the evolution of the solar system. During the summer, Eloise Buxton (former Driffield student) and Eve Ferry-Bolder (former Newland School for Girls student) conducted their research during a STEM event at the Milne Centre in the Astrophysics Department of the University of Hull.

Eve and Eloise were given a large dataset from several cosmological simulations of spiral galaxies. Eve was asked to characterise the relationship between the ages of stars and their kinematics. Eloise was asked to analyse the distribution of elemental abundance ratios (C/O and Mg/Si) which control the mineralogy of rocky planets.

Physics teacher Stuart Lyon commented, “In nature there is a loose correlation for stars near the Sun, in which old stars have higher velocity dispersion than younger ones. Something causes kinematic heating, whether it is bombardment of the disk by satellite galaxies or gravitational shocks due to spiral arms and giant molecular clouds continuously heating the disk.”

Eve was commended for showing how simulations compare with stars in nature. Eloise found that for the elemental nucleosynthesis models used in the simulations, she found rocky planets to be rich in olivine and metallic iron, with minimal pyroxene – often called ’silicon-rich Earths’ rather than truly Earth-like.

The students’ research was published and showcased during the awards ceremony at the University of Hull in September, to celebrate the CREST research event. Besides being an excellent addition to their CVs, Eve’s work received an iPad is recognition for her outstanding research.

Medical Students at Wyke

Record breaking year for our medics, dentists and vets

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In recent years, Wyke Sixth Form College has seen twenty-six students successfully go on to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science at university. This is a figure Wyke are extremely proud of and this year it’s set to increase even more as we have a record number of students with offers for the above courses.

This year, nine students have gained places at fantastic universities across the country to study these prestigious courses; two students have been offered places to study dentistry, four for medicine and three are hoping to study veterinary science.

Valerie Evans, Head of Faculty, said, “All of our students have done fantastically well to secure these offers and we wish them the best of luck in the rest of their examinations. All the staff at Wyke have shown nothing but support to all our students applying to university and have gone above and beyond to help them secure the future they want and subsequently deserve.”

Former Malet Lambert student, Sian Forrester, has accepted an offer on a BDF Dentistry course at Sheffield University and has appreciated all the support offered by Wyke. She said, “Through the Wyke Medics Society I attended a dentistry summer school at Sheffield University. This introduced me to dental charting and working with phantom heads. The whole experience really gave me an insight to what it would be like to be a dentist.”

A full interview broadcast on BBC Radio Humberside with Sian and fellow medical students is available to watch on the Wyke YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUEtdAqE4k