For the second time since opening Lincoln UTC has achieved a Career Mark, the national award for career advice and guidance approved by the Department of Education.
In October 2016 Lincoln UTC became the first University Technical College in the country to receive Career Mark 6. Less than three years later we have now achieved further national recognition in the form of Career Mark 7.
Assessment for the award involved a full audit of the careers curriculum against key criteria by a Career Mark adjudicator. The final judgement demonstrates confidence that the UTC is continuing to provide a comprehensive programme that allows students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be successful in their next steps.
The assessment feedback highlighted that a committed and purposeful approach to careers education is embedded into the ethos of Lincoln UTC. Everything from the business dress code, to the extended working hours and mutually respectful relationships between staff and students echo a professional work environment.
We were specifically praised for the numerous opportunities that students are given to sample the world of work. Business lunches were singled out as an excellent means for direct liaison with employers; in addition to the frequent work experience provision that is highly valued by students in each year group. Project based learning, industrial placements and university links were also identified as having a significant impact on the success of the programme.
In presenting the award to the UTC, the Career Mark adjudicator said: “The UTC has designed a careers curriculum which is giving students numerous opportunities and support to make and adjust their career plans successfully. Students described attending the UTC as beinga ‘stepping-stone’ to the workplace, and are relishing this opportunity to fully prepare for their future options.”
Mr Hamer, Vice Principal and Head of Careers said: “Our careers programme is supported by a number of partners that include Siemens, The University of Lincoln, and the local business community. Collaboration is the key to its success.”
Principal Mr Morrison said: “At Lincoln UTC our vision is to ensure that every student develops the skills required to secure the next step of their chosen career, either at university or in employment. In light of this, achieving a Career Mark for the second time validates our careers programme with the gold standard seal of recognition it deserves.”