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A round up of bites from in and around the world of graduate and early-years talent

Bentley Motors offers students glimpse of the future

Bentley Motors has welcomed a group of Year 10 students from partner school, Crewe Engineering and Design UTC, to get hands-on experience behind the world’s leading luxury car brand.

Eleven students, all aged 14, participated for one week within a dedicated area of Manufacturing, Engineering or Digitalisation. Opportunities allowed the students to work alongside Bentley’s famous production line, using materials applied to handcraft Bentley’s car interiors.  

In this centenary year, focus was also on Bentley’s future, with students learning about alternative powertrains in Electrical Engineering and in Digitalisation, including innovations in luxury car services of tomorrow.        

Commenting on the work experience programme, Astrid Fontaine, Bentley’s Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT, said: “We are proud sponsors of the University Technical College and have already welcomed students completing their studies to begin their career path with Bentley. This programme gives the next generation a valuable insight into our business, and what they should expect in their future careers.”

Severn Trent runs work experience programme for Social Mobility Foundation students in the Midlands

During the Easter holidays, 20 students from across the Midlands headed to Severn Trent’s Coventry HQ to take part in its work and employability experiences programme.

Designed for students aged between 16 and 17 and living in low social mobility areas in the areas it serves, the FTSE 100 company designed the scheme to help the students develop and ready themselves for the world of work for when they leave school.

Work experience co-ordinator at Severn Trent, Meena Bargota said: “Programmes like this are so worthwhile, and will really give these students valuable skills and talents they can use in later life, as well getting an insight into what we have on offer at Severn Trent, should they choose to begin their career with us.”

The students were all recommended by the Social Mobility Foundation, an organisation that aims to make practical improvements in the lives of young people from low-income backgrounds, Severn Trent ran the three-day programme over two weeks for two groups, with students attending from Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

 “The work experience went really well, with all the students successfully completing the course leaving us feeling confident having learned new skills,” adds Meena. “It’s really important that everyone feels they have the same opportunities as others, so we hope this experience will help students go on and be successful, and even become future leaders, in whatever career path they choose.”

EDF Energy: Sizewell inspires girls to choose STEM

Over 60 female students from four Suffolk high schools came together recently to discuss gender stereotypes.  Scientists from the Sizewell visitor centre ran the workshops to inspire females to consider a career in STEM.

During the workshops the students looked at their strengths and case studies of people like them in STEM related careers.  Working in teams the girls took part in an energy challenge which included a competition to build the tallest structure using just paper and tape.

Paul Morton, Sizewell B station director said:  “We firmly believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to the performance of the business and we are committed to encouraging more women to join the industry.”

The workshops follow the launch of the Sizewell C women’s network. The new network will support women entering the industry and the proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk.

BT helps boost school children’s digital skills through its tech factor competition

BT has announced the winners of its Tech Factor competition, with a prize fund of more than £20,000 to invest in IT equipment being shared across ten schools across the UK. The competition, which is now in its fourth year, invited schools to demonstrate how they would use technology to prepare pupils for the workplace of the future by boosting their digital skills.

Four winners have been selected across a number of categories which recognise entries from primary schools, secondary schools, special educational needs (SEN) schools and after school clubs. Each school was asked to submit a short video to demonstrate how they would spend the funding to benefit their pupils.

The winner of the primary school category is Euxton Primrose Hill primary school, based in Chorley, Lancashire, who plan to use the money to invest in equipping an entire class with virtual reality headsets to enhance learning experiences for their pupils.

Moor Hey Special Needs School in Preston, Lancashire, impressed the judges to scoop the prize in the secondary school category. The school will be using its prize money to purchase laptops, iPads and virtual reality equipment, to enhance the learning experience of pupils with a range of special educational needs.

The winner of the special educational needs (SEN) category, Frewen College, plan to use their winning funds to update their equipment, assisting their pupils with special educational needs.

Finally, the winner of the after school club category, North Tyneside Trust’s Little DigiLadies club, based in North Shields, will be using the funding to help to develop girls’ technology skills.

This competition forms part of BT’s long term commitment to boost digital skills in the UK. The BT-sponsored Barefoot computing programme, now in its fifth year, has delivered free classroom-ready teaching resources to over 70,000 teachers across 60% of the UK’s primary schools. By helping pupils develop basic computing skills, teachers are preparing them for today’s digital world and their future careers.

New partnership with London South Bank University next step in Croydon’s regeneration

A new partnership between Croydon Council and London South Bank University (LSBU) has been revealed as the next exciting step in the borough’s regeneration, as the town centre further develops as a centre of business, culture and learning.

The partnership could see LSBU establish a centre for higher education in the heart of the town centre – a move which would significantly increase learning and training opportunities for residents of all ages, particularly the borough’s 93,000 under-18s.

LSBU’s business incubation facility houses 90 businesses and is ranked among the top 15 university-run incubators in the world, while its employer-supported learning framework has made it a leading UK university for graduate employment. Nearly 89% of graduates are in professional graduate-level jobs or further study six months after graduation.

The new partnership is the first step in the council’s ambition to develop the Croydon Creative Campus, which would see the town centre develop as a global centre of higher education.

Students find out how to pilot their dream career at Heathrow

Thousands of students from Slough, Spelthorne, Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon and – for the first time – South Buckinghamshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, explored how they can become a pilot, a chef, an engineer and fire fighter all at Heathrow during the airport’s annual careers fair. 

It has now been calculated that in total, over 5,600 young people, parents and teachers sought career advice from 81 companies from across the airport including British Airways, Heathrow Fire and Rescue, MACE and EAT at the Sofitel Heathrow in March. 

Heathrow and its partner companies are looking for young local talent to fill both current and future career opportunities at the airport, including 10,000 apprenticeships with the airport’s expansion. Visitors invited from boroughs neighbouring the airport, took the opportunity to explore careers, internships, apprenticeships, graduate schemes and entry-level roles in sectors such as aviation, hospitality and education.

The fair comes after Heathrow launched Britain’s first airport-owned Shared Apprentice Scheme in construction to help build a stronger base of UK skills. Responding to the recommendations made by the airport’s independent Skills Taskforce, Heathrow also committed to provide 10,000 quality work experience days by 2030 and 1,200 work placement days to local T-level students in construction and digital careers from September 2020.

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

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