UTC Careers Page

Vision and Commitment

Our vision is to empower students and enable them to make decision about their future in the following ways;

  • Raise their aspirations
  • Challenge stereotypical thinking
  • Broaden their knowledge and awareness of the wide range of career options and study pathways available 
  • Offer independent and unbiased careers education information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)

With a strong belief in the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, we encourage the personal and professional development of all our students. 

The Leigh UTC achieved the reassessment Investors in Careers Accreditation in January 2019. This will be reviewed in January 2022.

We are fully committed to ensuring quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and adhere to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our vision is to empower students to make inspirational, independent, impartial decisions by imparting knowledge of all future options within the confines of Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

The Leigh UTC achieved Level 3 of Investors in Careers Accreditation in January 2019.

Careers Learning Programme 2020/21

The Leigh UTC has an exciting, varied and well-planned careers programme that aims to prepare students for their future. It is designed to help them learn more about different sectors and job roles, with an emphasis on STEM careers. It will also help them to know more about the different study pathways available.

LAT Careers Learning Strategy Mission Statement 2019-2022

We aim to provide all pupils, in all of our academies, with a stable programme of inspirational and transformative work-related experiences (WREs) and opportunities, in order to develop essential employability skills so that they can reach their full potential. The LAT Careers Learning Strategy is underpinned by the embedding of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum across the Trust, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

Collaboration with each of our academies and external partners is at the heart of our careers learning strategy to help us to provide invaluable work-related experiences with employers and employees. It is imperative that careers learning and work-related experiences are embedded within the curriculum, with teachers from all year groups and subject areas being committed to teaching and learning in the context of the real world.

Using the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance, Careers Leaders in all academies should strive to provide a varied source of provision to pupils of all ages, which is relevant to the local labour market.

We are proud of the personalised approach we take towards providing tailored careers experiences for individuals and targeted groups of pupils. Impartial advice and guidance from a trained professional for all secondary students, at key transition points, supports our pupils to make informed decisions about their next steps.

  • Balanced – We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and the world in which we live.
  • Caring – We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and the world in which we live.
  • Communicators – We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Inquirers – We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable – We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Open-minded – We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Principled – We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Reflective – We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Risk-takers – We have effective communication and co-working skills.
  • Thinkers – We aim to foster critical and creative thinking.
Year 7

Module 1

DWP – What Are My Skills

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

Kent University – Past Achievements, Future Goals

World Space week

Module 2

Tomorrow’s Engineers week:

National Rail & Sparshatts

Thames Water assembly (World Mental Health Day)

Lego League Challenge

Module 3

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Transitions Project – University of Kent

National Apprenticeship Week:

What is an apprenticeship? – assembly (ASK)

Industry & sustainable development goal day

Tutor time apprenticeship activities

Module 4

Sport Relief

Armed Forces assembly

Communication Skills – (NCW)

Financial Literacy Day workshops

International Women

& Women in Engineering assembly

Module 5

Exam focus / IB Learner Profile

Module 6

World Water Day

Industry & Innovation assemblies / workshops

University Creative Arts workshops

Multi-Industry Project Day

Year 8

Module 1

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

World Space week

Mindfulness workshop

Module 2

Tomorrow’s Engineers week -Cory Energy Engineering for a cleaner world

Lego League Challenge

Thames Water assembly (World Mental Health Day)

Build a University – KamCop

Mindfulness workshop

Module 3

DWP workshops – Professional Relationships

National Apprenticeship Week:

What is an apprenticeship? – assembly (ASK)

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Module 4

International Women & Women in Engineering

World Book Day

Bletchley Park Trip

Communication Skills (NCW)

Armed forces assembly

Financial Literacy Day

Module 5

Exam focus / IB Learner Profile

Kent University trip

Module 6

World Water Day

Industry & Inovation assemblies / workshops

University Creative Arts workshops

Multi-Indistry Project Day

Year 9

Module 1

Launch Leigh Aspire Programme (M1-6)

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

World Space Week

Module 2

DWP workshops

Tomorrow’s Engineers week – SEM visit

Lego League Challenge

Mindfulness (World Mental Health Day)

Module 3

National Apprenticeship Week – SEM assembly and Network Rail departments in a company

DWP workshops – Professional Relationships

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Module 4

Female Engineering Industry carousel

World Book Day

Bletchley Park Trip

National Careers Week – careers carousel

Financial Literacy Day

Options Event

Module 5

Exam focus / IB Learner Profile

Module 6

World Water Day

Industry & Inovation assemblies / workshops

University Creative Arts workshops

Multi-Industry Project Day

Year 10

Module 1

Launch Leigh Aspire Programme (M1-6)

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

World Space Week

Module 2

Mindfulness (World Mental Health Day)

National Citizenship Service assembly

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week: National Grid &

University of Greenwich workshops

Module 3

National Apprenticeship Week – Q&A with ASK

Employability Skills Workshops (M3-6)

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Module 4

Royal Naval Engineering Challenge

World Book Day

International Women & Women in Engineering

National Careers Week – Communication Skills

Financial Literacy Day

Armed Forces assembly

Module 5

IAG interviews (information, advice and guidance)

Launch tailored support programme

Module 6

Industry & Innovation workshops

Routes to Success week: Post-16 Options

WEX placements – virtual

IAG interviews (information, advice and guidance)

World Water Day

University Creative Arts workshops

Year 11

Module 1

IAG interviews and group work (Modules 1-4)

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

World Space Week

CEIAG workshop by KCC / Education People (M1-4)

Module 2

Employability Skills workshops

Sevenoaks School HE event

UTC Post-16 Options assembly

Kent Choices event

National Citizenship Service assembly

IAG interviews and group work (Modules 1-4)

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – National Grid

Mental Health & Wellbeing assembly (ESO)

Module 3

National Apprenticeships Week – Education People eve

UTC Apprenticeship assembly

IAG interviews and group work (Modules 1-4)

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Arkwright’s Scholarships assembly

Support with Post-16 applications

NCS assembly

Module 4

World Book Day

International Womens Day & Women in Engineering

IAG interviews and group work (Modules 1-4)

Royal Naval Engineering Challenge

Armed Forces assembly

National Careers Week – Communication Skills

Financial Literacy Day

Module 5

STUDY & EXAMS -CEIAG SUPPORT

Module 6

Enrollment for Post-16

Results Day – support and guidance

University Creative Arts workshops

Multi-Industry Project Day

World Water Day

Industry & Inovation assemblies / workshops

Year 12

Module 1

Launch Leigh Aspire Programme (M1-6)

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

World Space week

IBCP Professional Skills yr 12-13

Work Experience (Year 12-13, every Wed, M1-6)

Module 2

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – Thames Water

University of Kent Engineering workshops

World Mental Health Day

National Citizenship Service assembly

Mental Health & Wellbeing assembly (ESO)

University of Greenwich EPQ sessions

Module 3

University of Greenwich EPQ sessions

UTC Apprenticeship assembly

Faraday Challenge Day competition

IAG interviews

STEM Career Pathway assembly

NCS follow-up assembly

Royal Naval Challenge

Arkwright’s Scholarships assembly

Module 4

Routes to Success -post-18 options (Careers Week)

IAG interviews

Financial Literacy Day

Armed Forces assembly

Baker’s Award workshop

International Womens Day & Women in Engineering

University visits (self-arranged, ongoing)

Module 5

Trip to Canterbury Christ Church University

Module 6

Year 13 Transition activities

World Water Day

University Creative Arts workshops

Multi-Industry Project Day

Year 13

Module 1

Business Breakfast

University Workshop

Big Bang competition / Industry Project

UCAS Personal Statement

World Space Week

Module 2

Mental Health & Wellbeing assembly (ESO)

University workshops

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – Kent University

Degree apprenticeship workshop

Module 3

National Apprenticeship Week:

Apprenticeship application support (ASK)

Royal Naval Challenge

EPQ Presentations

IAG interviews and applications support

Faraday Challenge Day competition

Module 4

Application support (IAG)

National Careers Week – Communication Skills

Financial Literacy Day

Armed Forces assembly

International Women’s Day & Women in Engineering

Module 5

Revision and Exams

Module 6

Exam Results – support and guidance

Responsibilities

September

Intended destinations questionnaire

Launch WEX (years 12 and 13)

Investor in Careers review:

(Principal, Careers Lead, Careers Learning Manager)

Weekly Career meetings – Careers Lead / Principal

Kent Participation Meeting (tri-monthly)

October

Business Breakfast

Careers Leaders Forum

Kent CEIAG meeting (bi-monthly across year)

Training Needs Analysis (careers)

November

Business Award dinner

Launch WEX (year 10)

Year 11 parent / teacher evening

Careers Check-in meeting with Principal

Professional Development training (careers)

December

Applications support

Start using Tracker and update compass report

January/February

PPE exams

Careers Leaders Forum

Intended destinations data submit to KCC

Collect and Review feedback from all stakeholders

Business Breakfast

CEIAG support for GCSE options

National Apprenticeship Week

Careers Check-in meeting with Principal

March

Collect & eview feedback from stakeholders

National Careers Week

CEIAG support for GCSE options

Year 12 Routes to Success week (post-18 options)

April

Sept Guarantee data

Alumni / Linked-In (year 13)

Careers Check-in meeting with Principal

Collect intended destinations data (year 10)

June

Annual Careers Programme 2020/21 review

Review feedback from all stakeholders (final)

Conduct Subject Audit

Careers Leaders Forum

Exams – and intended destinations questionnaires

July

Finalise Careers Programme 21-22

Year 10 Routes To Success Week: Post-16 Options

Values

1

A stable careers programme

Every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2

Learning from career and labour market

Every student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed advisor to make best use of available information.

3

Addressing the needs of each student

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s career programme should embed quality and diversity considerations throughout.

4

Linking curriculum learning to

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subjects should highlight their relevance for a wide range of future career paths.

5

Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities, including speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6

Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and to expand their networks.

7

Encounters with further and higher education

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8

Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Advisor, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are.

Careers Education Website

The LAT Engagement Team has a website offering independent online careers information and education for students, parents/carers and staff covering all key stages. 

Careers Education website

Provider Access and Careers Policy

Entitlement Statement

This statement gives information on what students can expect to experience during their careers learning and development at the Leigh UTC. This is within the updated National guidelines specified by the Department of Education.

eNTITLEMENT STATEMENT

Talent Acquisition Pipelines

The UTC’s vision to prepare STEM professionals for the future is delivered through planned and guided opportunities for our students.  These are shown by year group on our Talent Acquisition Pipelines.
Details of developmental pathways by year group is available here.

Career Opportunities (Students)

The link below is regularly updated with Apprenticeship Opportunities.

Visit our LAT Student Careers

Investigate more labour market opportunities in our local area:

Contact Us

We welcome all feedback from students, parents / carers, staff and other stakeholders with regard to our Careers Page and Careers Programme, so please get in touch if you have any comments, queries or suggestions. 

Ms Sandra Fox is the Leigh UTC Careers Leader and is available either by email: info@theleighutc.org.uk or by phone: 01322 626600

Ruth Evans is the Career Learning Development Manager (Careers Adviser) for the Leigh Academy Trust and conducts the careers interviews for our students. You can email Ruth at: ruth.evans@latrust.org.uk