Students attending UTC@harbourside in Newhaven and UTC@MediaCityUK in Salford are benefitting from careers advice from local employers, which not only makes them more confident about getting a job, but could boost their future earnings by 10 per cent, says new research.
The findings, part of a national survey of students attending University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the country, found that 98 per cent of students at UTC@harbourside and 97% at MediaCity said talks from local employers were the most helpful source of information in planning their careers. Furthermore, 93% per cent of UTC@MediaCityUK students are confident of getting a job when they have finished their studies (84% @harbourside).
The results support research by the Institute for Employment Studies which shows that young people who attend more careers talks by employers are more confident about their future, make more successful transitions from secondary schooling into employment, apprenticeships or higher education, and even earn higher salaries 10 years into their career compared with their peers.
UTC@harbourside Principal, Adanma Umunna, said:
‘The great relationships we have with local employers like Royal Navy, EON UK plc, Brightwell Dispensers and Newbury Engineering means students have opportunities like work experience, employer-led projects and face-to-face talks with employers. Because students are well-informed and able to develop crucial workplace skills like team working and communication, they feel more confident, not only about the direction they want to take their career, but that they’re able to achieve it.’
UTC@MediaCityUK works extensively with a range of digital industry leaders. This includes organisations such as ITV, Cisco, Flix, UKFAST, Unity, dock10, Oracle, Deluxe, Panasonic and Adobe. The UTC was opened by BBC Director-General Tony Hall earlier this year.
The Annual UTC Student Survey was commissioned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which supports UTCs.