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Beth Barwell

Apprentice of the Year

By | Awards, Biology, Business, Course News, Geography, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Beth Barwell on winning the “Apprentice of the Year” at the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards 2021. This is not the first time Beth has been recognised, having already been a finalist in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2019.

After studying A levels in Geography, Business Studies, Physical Education and Human Biology at Wyke, Beth progressed to the University of Kent to read BSc Bioscience Technology. After graduating with first-class honours, Beth returned to Hull to start a Higher Degree Apprenticeship with RB. Here she initially worked with the RB eyecare team until moving to specialise in Global Medical Affairs for RB’s Sexual Wellbeing brands.

Alongside being a member of Wyke’s Flyers, a group of high attainment students, Beth was also strongly involved in sport, representing Great Britain Ice Hockey since 2014. Her athletic career took Beth to compete in World Championship tournaments across the globe, winning a bronze medal in South Korea.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Beth’s professionalism and business acumen has been recognised by all she has worked with, and RB said it was “in awe” at the level and standard of her work.

RB said looking ahead, Beth would be “a force to be reckoned with” in her career.

 

Meet our Business Students: Daisy

By | Accounting, Business

This week, we caught up with some of our amazing second year Business students.

One of these students being Daisy who gave us a fantastic insight into her time on the course and her ambitions for the future. Daisy also provided some great advice for staying on top of remote learning and advice for upcoming year 11 Business students.

Full Name

Daisy Dixon

Former School

Baysgarth School

Study Programme

I study BTEC Business, A Level Accounting and Applied Law.

Do you take part in any enrichment activities at Wyke?

In my first year at Wyke my enrichment activities included an EPQ which I did on Sexism in Female Sports. This year, I plan to take part in further enrichments when restrictions are lifted, as I have a keen interest in dance outside of college.

Why did you decide to study Business at Wyke?

I decided to study Business at Wyke, firstly because I studied GCSE Business at secondary school and found it really interesting. Then, after Wyke Start, I decided to choose Business as I really liked the different unit topics and the way that the course was taught by Wyke teachers.

I found my first year really interesting and enjoyed learning the theory behind different businesses and the way they function. My second year has been a bit more challenging with remote learning. However, I have found that the teachers have been very supportive and have helped all students really well throughout remote learning.

What is your favorite aspect of studying BTEC Business?

My favourite thing about studying Business so far has been the assignment lessons. I enjoy having time to write up my own work and to apply all the theory I have learn into an assignment.

I particularly enjoy distinction tasks so I can evaluate different aspects of business and come to my own conclusions.

Which modules have you found most interesting?

I found the accounting module the most interesting as I also take Accounting at A |Level and hope to become a Chartered Accountant in the future. I find it interesting that different subjects can overlap and link to each other and so this was my favorite module.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After Wyke I will be starting a Higher Apprenticeship at an Accounting firm, I will be working as an Audit Associate for one of the Big 4.

I believe my Business course will help me in this career massively as I have learnt so much about the way organisations similar to the one I will be joining function.

Do you have any advice for upcoming Business students?

My advice to upcoming Business students would be to stay organised. It is so important to organise your work and assignments, an unorganised folder and memory stick will make it so much harder to meet deadlines and will just cause unnecessary stress.

What is your number 1 top tip for remote learning?

 My number 1 top tip for remote working is to maintain a routine and make sure you’re staying motivated to get assignments handed in and to complete workbooks, it can be hard sometimes but Business teachers always cover well-being in classes which makes you feel much less stressed and at ease with your work.

Thank you so much Daisy, we loved hearing about your time at Wyke so far and your plans to join one of the Big 4. We are really excited to follow your journey.

top 30 under 30

Top 30 Under 30

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Community, Economics

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Victoria “Tori” Orsbourne, on her nomination for the “Humber’s Top 30 Under 30”, a programme run by a local recruitment agency, to highlight and recognise up and coming talent in the region.

We caught up with Tori, who took the Advanced Apprenticeship route through Majors Chartered Accountants when she completed her A Level in Accounting. Still in Hull, she now works at Harris, Lacey and Swain, which provide a vast range of financial, consultancy and specialist sector service.

“I have been with Harris, Lacey and Swain for almost 3 years and I’m currently studying towards my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. I have extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping element of QuickBooks and would be more than happy to help anybody who needs it. I’m always smiling and I’m very friendly, so fit in perfectly with the mantra of Harris Lacey and Swain,” said Tori.

According to BusinessLive, “Since qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2018, Tori has taken on board the role of training the company’s apprentices and younger staff. She has helped them pass exams and improve fantastically their work, all whilst carrying out her own role with 100 per cent commitment. Her work ethic and patience with people at the start of their career is great to see as is her desire to progress her own knowledge and professional standing. She is a key motivator and a great ambassador for her company!”

BusinessLive Top 30 Under 30

https://www.business-live.co.uk/partners/humbers-top-30-under-30-17939601

Business Team GB

On your Markets, Get Set, Go!

By | Business, College Trips, Course News, News

Recently our A Level Business students were invited to the University of Hull to test their marketing skills against other sixth forms in the region.

Following the universities exclusive partnership with Team GB, the project set by the university tested our students knowledge of marketing and how to sustain engagement before, during and after the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Our students wowed the judges with their presentation skills and ideas, placing 2nd out of all of the sixth forms invited and winning some great Team GB goodies for their hard work, well done!

Economics

“Since studying Economics, I can’t look at the world the same way!”

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, Uncategorised

Economics is a contemporary, dynamic subject that at its core allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you and news stories ranging from the price of milk to Brexit and whether more should be done to address plastic pollution. It is a subject that is prestigious and highly respected by HE and employers as you will need to display mathematical skills in analysing data and using diagrams to illustrate cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, your written skills are exhibited through essay writing on key economic issues such as The USA-China trade war and the recent collapse of Thomas Cook.

Economics also delivers fantastic career prospects, Economics graduates gain some of the most highly paid salaries especially in areas of banking, finance and insurance. If you wish to make a difference, past students have worked in developing countries on economic and development programmes and Economics provides an excellent grounding for Accountancy and Business Management professions.

Lessons are lively involving debate, student teaching, group activities and problem solving.

Read what some of our current 2nd year student have to say:

“Since starting studying economics I Can’t look at the world the same way. It makes you think about how the world works as it all runs on economics. The teaching standard is excellent. Staff really are willing to work and help you at all times which is important as economics challenges you.” Jacob Park, Market Weighton School

“Despite being anxious in the beginning of such an unfamiliar subject, I am so pleased that I stuck with the course. Economics has enabled me to debate and discuss problems and topics that are occurring in the real world. To think how much progress I have made from the start of the first year can be credited to the teaching staff who provide great support in and out of lessons.” Lauren Barley, Baysgarth School

“I enjoy economics because it explains things that happen every day in the real world and although it’s an unfamiliar subject you get a lot of support and it’s really interesting.” Lilli Mortimer, Newland School for Girls

The Wyke of Wall Street

By | Accounting, Biology, Business, Course News, Economics, Law, News

Wyke Sixth Form College will be taking to the streets of New York on our 2020 trip to the big apple.

The trip will focus on the financial, economic and legal structures that make up the bustling city.

Students will be given an amazing opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture whilst exploring some of the most famous streets in the world.

The trip is open to students studying; A Level Law, BTEC Law, Criminology, A Level Business, BTEC Business, Accounting, Economics and Biology.

For more information on this trip please speak to your tutor or email: paul.hamer@wyke.ac.uk

 

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Law, News, Uncategorised

What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Students present at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wyke’s Budding Entrepreneurs Compete at GEW 2018

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, News

12-16 November was Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovation and job creators.  Twenty business students from Wyke Sixth Form College took part in an all-day Post 16 Enterprise event to mark the occasion.

The event celebrates those who bring ideas to life and sets out to inspire students to explore their own potential. Over 200 students from local schools and colleges competed in a business challenge and were given an inspirational speech by BBC Apprentice finalist Adam Corbelly who shared his own business experiences and tips for these budding entrepreneurs.

A total of 19 teams competed in a challenge which saw them design a new caravan for event sponsors The Swift Group.

Wyke students were tasked with designing a caravan suitable for those living with a disability. The final design was a fully functional caravan with many innovative features including; ramps, low counters, a wet room, hoists, an adjustable bed and a spacious room for a carer. Students confidently pitched their design in front of an audience of over 200 people and were awarded a £100 prize for achieving an amazing 4th place!

Elizabeth Blakey, Teacher of Business at Wyke commented on the event; “this was a fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. It was great to see them so engaged throughout and each student said that they took something positive away from the day”

A huge well done to Team Wyke and thank you to staff from our Business department for organising the day.

To find out more about studying Business at Wyke visit: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/

Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

By | Accounting, Applied Science, Business, Course News, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, Law, Media, News, On Campus

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

it-students

Stepping Stone to a Career in IT

By | Accounting, Applied Science, Business, Community, Course News, IT & Computing, News

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