Birmingham is a rapidly growing city with HS2, the relocation of business from London and Commonwealth Games to name a few resulting in a need for today's students to become engineers of the future. According to Engineering UK report 2017, 265,000 skilled entrants required annually to meet demand for engineering enterprises through to 2024.
Engineering UK State of the Nation 2019, Summary of Key Points states,
"There is a considerable shortage of appropriately skilled workers in the engineering sector. The top drivers of the skills gap reported by employers include strong competition for skilled candidates, a shortage of applicants with appropriate qualifications and a lack of awareness among young people of the educational routes into engineering occupations."
A unique aspect of life at a University Technical College is the amount of careers preparation students get. Student Professional Development sits alongside the day to day curriculum which is heavily influenced and contextualised to meet the demands of employers whether a national, international or SME business.
PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY STATEMENT:
The following detail sets out the academy's arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All pupils in years 9-13 are entitled:
To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions, open days and taster events.
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
- details below show the way in which education and training providers should get in touch with the academy to gain access to pupils and/or parents to inform them about further opportunities.
- The academy will then work with providers to identify the most effective opportunity for them to share information about education and training opportunities.
Contact details of key AUEA staff can be found below.
Careers Leader: Peter Woodage
Partnerships & Placements: Peter Woodage
Careers & Placements Co-ordinator: Joanne Morgan
WEX H&S Assessors: Joanne Morgan & Philip Harris
Link Governor: Aman Gill-Knobbs
Careers Advisor: Antony Adams, Careers Calendar
Email Careers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gatsby Benchmarks
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The Careers Strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
At AUEA we are dedicated to ensuring we meet the requirements of the Governments Careers Strategy January 2018 through rigorous evaluation of our CEIAG provision using the Gatsby Benchmarks and Careers & Enterprise Company Compass - Careers Benchmark Tool and the SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit. The benchmarks are updated termly and reviewed within the Careers Hub and by Careers Hub Leads.
Aston University Engineering Academy Industry Advisory Board
To ensure AUEA continues to offer the very best curriculum, contextualised learning and careers information to meet the needs of the students and employers it has an Industry Advisory Board made up of industry experts. They meet regularly throughout the academic year and feed into the Governing Body.
- Dr Iain Roche, HS2 (Chair)
- Wing Commander Martin Larwood-Hughes, OC CCF RAF (Vice Chair)
- Jas Rohel, CEO Education Awards
- Antony Adams, Careers Calendar
- Peter Hazzard, Cundall
- Richard Toy, Auctus Management Group
- Lieutenant Commander David Collier, Royal Navy
- Ruth Sorsby, AUEA
- David Chapman, AUEA
- Peter Woodage, AUEA
- Simon Handley, Birmingham City University
- Andy Goff, OnVu Learning
- Daniel Locke-Wheaton, Principal AUEA
AUEA recognises the importance of contextualising and working alongside industry partners. Student professional development includes industry backed projects, work experience placements, contextualised lesson input and extended placements. Through AUEA's Industry Advisory Group, a 3 year strategic plan has been created to ensure AUEA continues to work alongside industry in preparing students for the world of work. AUEA is proud to be partners with:
- Aston University
- Birmingham City University
- Royal Engineers
- Midlands Metro Alliance
- Royal Air Force
- Royal Navy
- Royal College of Nursing
- Launch Your Career
- Auctus Management
- South & City College
- OnVu Learning
- Cavendish Nuclear
- West Midlands Police
- Birmingham Careers Service
- Birmingham Education Awards
- Careers Calendar
- Onvu Learning
All Year 10 students have access to 4 weeks of meaningful work experience. Two weeks are during term time and are split between February and June.
All other students can access meaningful work experience during Student Professional Development time or at times that do not impact on their curriculum studies.
Work experience must be related to STEM, be meaningful and have met safeguarding requirements before a student can attend the placement. All students must complete a Work Experience Diary and enter their information into Compass+
Labour Market Information - Careerometer
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.
Information, Advice and Guidance
AUEA has formed a partnership with Birmingham City Careers Service and together have established a series of opportunities for students from all year groups to have independent careers advice and guidance. BCCS also track destinations and attend GCSE and A Level Results days to help students realise their next step.
The library at AUEA has a rich selection of careers information supplementing information held within AUEA’s VLE; Firefly. Sixth Form students also have access to Aston University Careers Team if further advice and guidance is required.
Interview preparation is conducted by a variety of businesses to allow students to select the sector they are interested in to get a more realistic experience.
Royal College of Nursing
AUEA is proud to announce that from September, 6th Form CCF Cadets will have the opportunity to take part in the Royal College of Nursing Cadet Scheme.
The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme gives young members of uniformed organisations an introduction to potential careers in nursing.
Supported by HRH Prince of Wales, the scheme aims to develop and prepare them for life and to support them towards employment in nursing.
About the program
The scheme runs alongside their usual uniformed organisation activities, combining guided online and experiential learning. This includes learning modules and a clinical observational placement within their local health care region.
Once they have completed this, cadets submit a portfolio of reflection and gain a completion certificate. They are then supported to take decisions on next steps, which can include a level 2 or 3 related diploma, a foundation degree or an undergraduate nursing degree.
For more information click here - https://www.rcn.org.uk/profess...
There is a tremendous amount of advice and guidance available through the internet. The links below will take you to a variety of resources to help you find the information you want.
The list includes links to:
- Information, Advice & Guidance
- Public Services
- University and Colleges
- Useful Post 18 Websites
- Student Finance England
Information, Advice & Guidance
http://icould.com Careers box- National on line careers film and video library.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/- Play the Game to discover careers that match your personality, interests and skills.
www.allaboutcareers.com ‘My kinda future’ - A careers site to build your CV, meet employers and find a job
http://www.mykindafuture.com/ ‘Get my first job’ - a website to look at Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Start Profile - One stop shop of information and career planning.
http://www.mycareerspringboard.org Careers Springboard- Take a career test, explore your options, plan your future
https://successatschool.org/ Career advice for schools and students
http://ccskills.org.uk/careers - creative jobs and careers
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ - NHS careers
http:careers-in-sport.co.uk careers in sport
http://www.citb.co.uk/ Construction Industry Training Board
http://www.ecitb.org.uk/- Engineering Industry Training Board
http://www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/ careers in law
http://www.remit.co.uk/ apprenticeships in the Motor Vehicle Trade
www.futuremorph.org FutureMorph- Science and maths careers
www.wherestemcantakeyou.co.uk- Where STEM can take you.
Useful College/University websites:
www.jcc.ac.uk/ - Joseph Chamberlain College
www.walsallcollege.ac.uk – Walsall College
www.staffordcoll.ac.uk – Stafford College
www.bmet.ac.uk/ – Birmingham Metropolitan College
www.aston.ac.uk/ - Aston University
www.ucbcourses.com – University College Birmingham
www.birmingham.ac.uk - University of Birmingham
www.bcu.ac.uk - Birmingham City University
www.wlv.ac.uk - Wolverhampton University
Post 18 Useful websites
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ - looks at alternative options to going to University
http://www.frontier.ac.uk - Gap/Year Voluntary abroad working in Wildlife and Conservation, Teaching and Medicine
www.ucas.com – Key site to support a University application process
www.prospects.co.uk - Information on graduate employment and demographics
www.push.co.uk – Ruthlessly independent university guide (student view)
www.applytouni.com – Independent site supporting the university application process
www.unistats.co.uk – Search, review and compare subjects at universities and colleges in the UK
www.studential.com/ - Lots of useful support from interviews to key questions about HE
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk – offers independent HE picture
www.qaa.ac.uk – Quality assurance site – reports on HE institutions
www.heguide.org.uk to find out more about taking a gap year
www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - Find an apprenticeship
For information on student finance from ‘Student Finance England’
www.studentcashpoint.co.uk. Student funding
www.opendays.com University open days listed here
www.studentastic.co.uk Template guides for personal statements
www.bestcourse4me.com includes an excellent clearing course finder if you need a results day Plan B