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 firstname.lastname@example.org