Thomas Telford UTC offers a full time Careers team to support students, parents and carers in regards to their next steps once they leave the UTC.
Our key aim at the UTC is to ensure that our students make well-informed decisions about the future and have the skills to succeed in whatever pathway they’ve chosen. Careers education, information, advice and guidance plays an essential role in preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life and our Careers programme will provide all the support each child needs.
One of the things that makes a UTC different from a mainstream school is that students have already decided that they may be interested in pursuing a career in a particular field.
Throughout their time with us, we will seek to ‘demystify’ the huge range of career opportunities and pathways within our specialist areas but also beyond. In this way we can ensure students are very well informed when making decisions about their next steps. Joining a UTC really is taking the first step in your career.
Midland Metro Alliance has supported Thomas Telford UTC for the last five years with employer projects, information, advice and guidance on careers in rail and construction, site visits and work experience. We believe the standard of teaching and pastoral care for students is excellent and the college are exceptional at giving their young people the tools to ensure that they are ready for the “world of work” when they complete their studies.
Rose Rees – Midland Metro Alliance
We found the UTC over 6 years ago & have been partners ever since. We find that the students at the UTC are already work equipped & have a ready to go construction mindset. For us, that is gold! To have a new starter with such enthusiasm is an advantage for the individual – they’re already engaged in our industry, & an advantage for the business too – we can develop them faster & have them working on more intricate projects quicker.
Cliff Shepherd - RMD Kwikform Ltd.
The curriculum sets the school apart from more traditional secondary schools. It is successful in its stated aim of ‘giving students a distinct advantage in seeking professional and technical careers within the construction, built environment and related Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industries’.
What a wonderful group of UTC students we have had on virtual WEX this week; their behaviour has been exemplary, their engagement with Alison and I, and the wider staff at St Modwen Homes, has been brilliant and their questions have not only been relevant but also very thought provoking. Alison and I would like to continue to support this cohort, especially the ones that have mentioned their interest in applying for apprenticeships/trainee programmes.
Joining the employer group at Thomas Telford UTC has proved to be a highly successful partnership for us. We've developed a great working relationship where not only are we collaborating on T-level placements, but we’re also involved with work experience, mentoring, workshops, and open days. All fantastic ways to provide experience of the industry and support the next generation of construction professionals.
Dan Bridgewater, Partner, Baily Garner
I originally wanted to pursue architecture as a career but studying at Thomas Telford UTC opened my eyes to the wide variety of job roles available in the industry. I’m thankful for the support I received to secure my apprenticeship with Baily Garner.
David Browne, Trainee Building Surveyor, Baily Garner
I gained a set of academic and technical skills when I studied at Thomas Telford UTC – skills that I’ve now been able to transfer into my professional career. The preparation they give you for the world of work is such a valuable tool.
Jai Ghai, Trainee Building Surveyor, Baily Garner
Big thumbs up for Thomas Telford UTC! Having access to innovative technology, and the opportunity to shadow chartered architects was for me, the perfect combination.
Sarbjeet Atwal, Trainee Architectural Assistant, Baily Garner
In 2022-2023, we are adapting events and experiences planned for students wherever possible to ensure that we deliver the best experience whilst remaining COVID19 compliant. We intend to run a normal year, but some events may need to be cancelled, subject to the availability of external speakers. We will monitor and adapt plans for this and next year accordingly to ensure students are informed of their choices moving forward.
“Employers are extensively involved with the school, as patrons, partners, governors and mentors. They help to shape the curriculum, through an employer forum which meets five times each year. Consequently, the school is able to respond quickly to local needs and changes to employment patterns. The school is extremely well integrated into its locale and the construction and built environment sector. It is successfully helping to address local employment priorities within the sector and regeneration priorities in the Black Country.” (Ofsted, 2018)
A substantial number of employers work closely with the UTC to develop and deliver a programme that offers students an authentic experience in the workplace. Throughout the year, opportunities may arise and vary, but a typical programme will incorporate Work Experience, Mentoring, Careers Advice and Guidance, Employer Projects, Mock Interviews, Guest Speakers, Site Visits, and the list goes on. The Work-Related Learning Programme is coordinated to complement the wider PSHE and Careers Programme. We frequently receive feedback from employers and others remarking on the preparedness of our students for employment. Links can be found below with provisional activities for each year of the Work-Related Learning Programme. Provisional activities for each year of the Work-Related Learning Programme can be located by clicking the links below.
Don't just take our word on it, please take the time to watch the videos below to hear what it is like to study at Thomas Telford UTC from previous students, and find out where our life-changing courses have taken them.
“Effective careers education in all years helps students to plan their next steps in education and employment. Employer mentors provide much helpful support and knowledge, especially of the construction and built environment sector. Students told inspectors that they valued the support and advice from their mentors. Several were particularly appreciative of the high-quality work placements that mentors had helped them to secure.” (Ofsted, 2018)
It is okay to be unsure of what your next step might be. Through our time with you, we will help you develop your understanding of the opportunities available within the sector as well as beyond. Try the Buzz quiz or Skills Health Check below for and little fun and self-discovery.
Skills Health Check
As a UTC, we commonly have an equivalent number of students at 16 years of age who choose to pursue a Level 3 (Sixth-Form) study as those choosing a college to follow a pathway into a trade apprenticeship. At 18 years of age, approximately half of our students follow the pathway to University while the rest follow a higher or degree apprenticeship. Both routers are equally valuable, and students will be well prepared from their studies at the UTC for continued success. For a structured breakdown regarding the levels of qualifications, please click on the link below.
What qualification levels mean
There is no doubt that going to University is a substantial financial investment in your future, with the trade-off being measurable benefits such as job satisfaction, lifelong earning potential, and increased life expectancy. For those that choose to pursue a degree level apprenticeship, you will benefit from being funded by your employer, and you will study on a part-time basis over the span of 5 years, enabling you to earn whilst learning at a steady pace. Whichever pathway is right for you will depend on many things. Below you will find further information about how University financing works.
"Labour Market Information (LMI) is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment. LMI helps to break down the complex ‘world of work’– ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed." - Black Country Skills Factory
"The world of working is changing rapidly. New technology and industry changes create some new jobs and also make others obsolete. Alongside the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic changing the way jobs are carried out and having a huge impact on the job market, it can be hard to keep up. It is important that young people are given the tools and information to aid their decisions about future careers and LMI is a key part of this." -Black Country Skills Factory
For more information regarding the Labour Market, please click the link below and read throught the booklet.
We welcome all employers from different industries to the UTC due to the variety of academic and career opportunities provided to our students. there are a number of ways in which you can reach students, advertise vacancies, and take part in events, such as: Work Experience; Mock Interviews; Careers Story; Employer Mentoring; Guest Lectures; Careers Fair and many more. Please contact the UTC to find out more information.
Thomas Telford UTC is devoted to delivering a robust CEIAG programme for all students from Year 7 and beyond, and we recognise the statutory requirements needed to achieve that. As a school, we strategically align with the 'Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership' (BCLEP) in addition to ensuring our programme fulfils the requirements of the DfE statutory guidance, the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP)
In line with the Baker Clause, we welcome other providers to come and speak to our students regarding their offerings to give them an overview of all available options including apprenticeships, technical qualifications, and A-Levels. Where possible, we will look to accommodate the request in full, however, where we are unable to do so we will liaise with external providers to deliver a compromise.
This policy statement establishes the UTCs arrangement for managing the access to and from providers for students and the information we give to students regarding a provider's education or training offer. Under the policy, the UTC fulfils legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All students are entitled to:
A provider wishing to request access should contact Laura Fletcher, Director of Careers. Details found below.
There are numerous events intergrated into the UTC careers programme that will offer providers plenty of opportunities to come into the school and speak directly to the students. To find the best opportunity, contact Laura Fletcher, Director of Careers.
The UTC will make a presentation space available for discussions between providers and students, depending on the activity and date/time required. The UTC will also make available specialist equipment to support provider presentations agreed upon in advance of the visit/event. In addition, providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature with the careers leader which will be made available to all students.
“The school’s curriculum is distinctive and well planned. Employers contribute impressively to many aspects of school life. The school’s specialism is evident in all that it does.” (Ofsted, 2018)