The well established Routes to Success programme for year 12 at The Leigh UTC was expanded this year to become an extensive two week event.

Commencing with an introduction to job roles, students were given four STEM roles to consider applying for as mock interviews later within the programme.

These were for the following:

  • IBM Degree apprenticeship
  • Mercedes, Sparshatts
  • National Grid Operational apprentice
  • Coca Cola European Partners Engineering apprenticeship

This was followed by sessions on writing a personal statement and how to research companies that students might wish to work for- especially pertinent as the whole year group will be attend Apprentice 19 at London’s GuildHall on June 18th.

Having attended C.V workshops earlier in year 12, students enjoyed a second session from Daniel Goodwin of Pearson Whiffin Recruitment which concentrated on further aspects of how to apply for a role such as covering letters and applications as well as employability aspects including body language.

Students even practised how to shake hands!

Students were then were then given time to work on applications and hone their CVs.

Next within this programme, students participated in two aligned workshops- one by Rebekah Shaxted of KATO on apprenticeships and one on the professional portfolio, Bragfolder.

On Monday 10th June, The Leigh UTC Vice Chair of Governors, Clive Barker, presented to students on being an effective employee and related his own career journey. This was followed by a series of group interview team tasks.

The following day saw all students taking the opportunity to visit The University of Kent at Canterbury. During the two weeks, students also participated in a number of University workshops on:

  • Why go to University?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • What can you do at University?
  • Student finance
  • What’s life at University like?
  • Where do we go from here?

Mock interviews

Rob Pearson of Pearson Whiffin

A whole day of mock interviews saw students put through their paces and given real life practice.

Our interviewers came from:

Coca Cola European Partners

Mercedes, Sparshatts

National Grid

Pearson Whiffin Recruitment

Students made very positive comments post interview and stated that they’d found the experience useful. One student even requested, and was granted, a work experience opportunity.

Interviewer comment included:

“I had a great time – some really skilled students there! “

– Cassie Thomas, Coca Cola European Partners

Routes to Success Awards Ceremony

The fortnight culminated in an awards assembly on Friday 14th June with students being acknowledged for their keen participation in the programme and “winning” applicants being awarded their role. Four alumni of the Leigh UTC attended to give out prizes.

Meet the Alumni

Students then had the opportunity to rotate in groups to talk to the academy alumni about their career paths since leaving the college. Our alumni guests were:

Huw Prosser- now CEO of his own company, Blooware

Will Fifield- now completed a level 3 apprenticeship with Microsoft and due to begin a degree apprenticeship 

Charlie May- now completed his apprenticeship and working as a Digital Marketing Executive at Bee Digital

Michael Folley- now working at Whitecode Design Associates as a Design Engineer

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the programme such a success