South Bank UTC facilitates work experience for all students.
Our work experience programme differs vastly from that on offer in a traditional school, where students might be offered placements which are far-removed from their career aspirations, over a particular week or fortnight, in a role in which they have no interest. This approach is driven by a real difficulty in securing high-quality placements, especially for under-16s, and by huge pressure for exam results taking precedence, ergo squeezing work experience from the curriculum.
Our programme takes the form of deep, regular and powerful experiences of work. These take place largely in the form of employer projects, which are led by professionals in our university and industry partners. However, we are also able to use our professional networks to obtain experiences in the workplace – through trips, visits, masterclasses, placements and traditional work experience. Examples of this have been placements at Battersea Power Station, Skanska UK, Bowmer and Kirkland, Imperial College, King’s College and Mace.
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“The projects are what really sets the school apart when I was looking at Sixth Forms. We have built bamboo bikes, designed and built lighting for children’s hospital wards and we are learning about project management and the business side of things.”
Year 12 student