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Engineering Careers Talk with Barnet & Southgate College

01 March 2016

Before Prospects

30 students in Year 12 studying BTec Engineering at Barnet & Southgate College requested the opportunity to meet a working engineer in order to learn more about engineering in practice. The aim was to provide students with the opportunity for face to face interaction with a professional and to gain insight into different opportunities within Engineering.

What Prospects did

Prospects Partnership Careers Adviser organised an event and spoke to the students about skills shortages, routes in (graduate, apprenticeships and examples of current apprenticeship employers) and gave an overview of the National Careers Service website (webchat & phone channels, job profiles).

This was followed by a talk from Eric Belshaw, Senior Systems Engineer, Alstom. He spoke about routes into engineering, the application of engineering and gave a summary of career paths to illustrate multi-disciplinary opportunities within Engineering – mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, civil, nuclear. Eric particularly emphasised the transferrable skills within engineering which may be applied across several different engineering disciplines – or even different sectors such as finance. He encouraged the students to be flexible in their approach to learning and new experiences.

Eric Belshaw and the Partnership Careers Adviser then hosted a short question and answer session. Outcomes and results

The talk provided students with an insight into the variety of different pathways into engineering available to them at 18+ and the range of roles available within engineering.

It is important that students hear advice directly from employers as it validates messages from teachers/parents about the value of activities outside of education and the importance of lifelong learning. Students commented: “I was surprised to learn about the flexibility of job roles.”, “This type of information and lecture is really good and useful.” and “It was really good and I learnt a lot of new things.”

One student commented on the inspirational nature of the talk: “The engineer that did the presentation was really inspiring.”

Ayodeji Fayokun, Course Leader, BTec Engineering added: “This type of activity where professionals currently in the industry come in to talk to the learners is the best way to inform young people about the world of work.”


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