UTC City Students Enjoy Termly Employer Mentoring

24 April 2017

UTC City Students Enjoy Termly Employer Mentoring

Every term students from UTC Sheffield City Centre meet with mentors from an array of Creative & Digital and Engineering sector businesses as part of the exciting ‘Employer Mentor Programme’.

Local, national and multi-national businesses continue to support UTC Sheffield City Centre by providing project support and mentoring to students throughout their programme.

These Employer Mentoring events are highly beneficial to both employers and students as they offer employers the chance to meet students and discover emerging talent, at the same time as giving students the chance to meet industry leaders and experts to discuss their personal skills development and career paths.

Students are carefully matched with employers, based on interest and career aspirations, ensuring both parties gain a valuable experience.

During the sessions businesses are also given the opportunity to tour the facilities, meet staff and students and hear about the UTC’s progress and future plans.

The latest session at the end of the Spring term began with an introduction from Principal, Alex Reynolds, thanking all the businesses for their support. Those in attendance included: Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), ARUP, Benchmark Recruitment, Breedon, Dearneside Fabrications, Evolution Print, Sheffield Hallam University and Small Machines.

Discussing the benefits of the UTC Employer Mentoring Programme, Sally Billau an Interior Design Lecturer from Sheffield Hallam University, said: ‘Young people have big decisions to make about their careers, and events like today help young to consider different routes. It’s a chance to direct their journey and help them to think about what they will need to achieve their ambitions.’

Continuing to discuss the benefits, Giles Grover from Small Machines, said: ‘Having an education background myself I am aware of the lack of good careers advice in schools. When UTCs came along they seemed like they were just what were needed, they ticked all the boxes. Events like today are a chance to share my journey and maybe this will inspire one student to be entrepreneurial and do something different.’

At the end of the session a number of employers were asked to think of and write down one word or short phrase that they think describes a UTC:

To get involved please email: admin@utcsheffield.org.uk

Further details about our work with employers can be found on our employers page.