This week we have had a large focus on careers and next steps for all years of the college. This is an important time for all our students as Protector and Enterprise prepare for work experience placements in March and Bulwark and Vanguard are preparing for their next steps. It’s good to see our Year 13 starting to receive offers!

We have dedicated careers webpage for students with useful links and important information, click here to view it!

Our Unifrog software programme is a great way for students in all years to customise their and develop their skills in preparation for next steps and I encourage parents to ask students how they use it. Here is a link https://www.unifrog.org/

Royal Navy Careers Talk

We have had a career talk from the Royal Navy this week prior to our open evening. They spoke to our Year 12’s about the benefits and opportunities that come with an Advanced Apprenticeships Scheme in the Royal Navy. Some benefits include travelling the world and a starting salary of £31,000! For more information on these apprenticeships then have a look at their website http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/engineers/role-finder

Plymouth Argyle

Keeping in theme with careers, some representatives from Plymouth Argyle came into the college today to speak to our Year 11’s. They were talking about National Citizen Service (NCS) which gives young people a chance to spend some of their summer holidays undertaking exciting and challenging activities. Activities include abseiling, rock climbing, paddle boarding/surfing, sailing, tree surfing, zip wiring and many more! They will also spend a few days working on a project with an award giving at the end for all participants. For the entire three weeks it only cost £50, unless you are a Pupil Premium student then we can offer support (Just ask us!). For more information go to http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/

Babcock

Babcock also came into the college today and presented an interview skills assembly to our Year 10 and 12 cohorts. Some great interview skills learnt, in particular, STAR (Situation Task Action Result) which is a great tool for asking tricky interview questions.

Upcoming Career Events

Skills South West 2017
Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
Wednesday 1st March 2017
9.30am – 3pm & 5pm – 7pm
PMG Apprentice Fair
Plymouth Guild Hall
Saturday 4th March 2017
UTC Employer Breakfast Year 12/13
February 10th 2017 9.30 – 11 am
This is an opportunity for our Sixth Formers to meet with some of the biggest employers in the South West, here at UTC Plymouth.

Work Experience

20th – 24th March – Year 10 & 12 – Work experiences places were launched today and submission details for application packs. Deadline for application packs is the 10th of February. All students will receive emails with full details of places and job application.

Science Department take part in a global debate!

Kellie, one of our Science teacher, took part in a globale debate regarding how to prepare students for the ‘Fifth Industrial Revolution’. We were one of four UK schools to take part in the world-wide debate with countires around the world taking part in including; USA, Norway, Zimbabwe, Latvia, Egypt, Poland, France and South Korea. Kellie raised some really great points, to which one of them was raised by the hosts in California! The point made was “Could the highest performing countries support those that are not excelling in science? These countries could lay the foundation of global scientific communities and use technology as the cornerstone of collaboration” To which they received a great response from countries like the USA saying “YES! Collaboration is key!”.
Fantastic! Well done Kellie for representing UTC and UK!

Other News

Muhsin Aljuhboury visited from Plymouth University Engineering department to give an informative lecture to our Year 13 students on Composite Materials.

A very well done to all Year 11 students who completed their second ISA this week, they did very well and only one left now!

Observation week taking place next week with external observers verifying teachers standards. Good luck to all the teachers and thank you for working so hard to ensure lessons and displays look great!

Student of the Week
Hailie Johnson
Hayley explained has been to see me in every free slot she has for extra maths work and support and has kept coming back to check her answers or ask for help if she can’t do it, and to request more work. Really impressed with her drive to succeed!

Finally we have two weeks until the end of term – just a reminder that 3rd February is a half day for staff to complete assessments in preparation for reports home to parents in the final week!
Lots of colds and winter blues about so please wrap up warm, stay safe and eat healthy!
Thanks for reading

Polly