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Wyke’s Budding Entrepreneurs Compete at GEW 2018

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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

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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

it-students

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

Atom Visit

Business Tour

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BTEC Business students teamed up with a highly successful local business to investigate the use of physical, technological and digital technologies.

The Atom Brewery, based at Malmo Food Innovation & Technology Park on Sutton Fields, was the revenue for Wyke students as they developed their coursework submission for Unit 2 “Business Resources”. The main activity involved a guided tour of the brewery conducted by co-founder Allan Rice. Aside from gaining an insight to the brewing process, the students were able to discuss the digital marketing strategy adopted by Atom.

Through the use of Twitter, the brewery has amassed nearly 6,000 followers that have help spread the brand across the globe. This combined with an interest in building a face to face relationship with their clients through public tours of their premises, plus a commitment to using the brewing process as a vehicle for education, have laid firm public relation foundations for the business.

Elizabeth Blakely, teacher of Business at Wyke, said, “The visit was a fantastic success. Atom were incredibly helpful, holding two tours to accommodate all of our students. Next year we hope to revisit with even more students.”

The links between Wyke and Atom go even further. Sarah Thackray, co-founder of Atom, also teaches Physics at the College. Next month the “Corn Exchange” in the city centre will open as Atom’s first bar. Besides offering their beers to a new audience, the company are also keen to use the pub as an educational revenue.

BAe

Blue Chip for IT

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For the third year running one of only two places available each year on BAE Systems Aerospace Software Development Degree Apprenticeship at Brough has gone to a Wyke BTEC Extended Diploma IT student, prior to that Wyke had another Extended Diploma student who secured a place on their engineering higher apprenticeship.

Over the summer there was even more great news as former Extended Diploma student Luke Bellamy made it through the selection process to secure a year’s internship with BAE Systems Yeovil for the industrial year of his Loughborough University Computer Science degree.

Earlier this month, former Extended Diploma student Chris Wilson, who graduated from the University of Birmingham this year, has secured a position as Graduate Engineer at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, based in Gloucester.

Head of Computing Kevin Penny said, “So now we have six Wyke Extended Diploma IT students working for one of the world’s most advanced technology companies. Congratulations to them all.”

Places are still available on our BTEC Extended Diploma IT. Please apply through the college website at https://wyke.ac.uk.ac.uk/courses/apply-online/

TED Talks Tuesday

TED Talk Tuesday

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TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. Each Tuesday lunch, leading up to Easter, Wyke will be showing a different TED talk on the big screen at 1pm.

A TED conference explores a range of themes and examines how they interconnect. As they take in the program, attendees and speakers from vastly different fields can cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.

The first talk in the series is “Do schools kill creativity?”, scheduled for Tuesday 28th February. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity.