Harlow school’s links with business world results in high level apprenticeships offer

Burnt Mill Academy / Mon 16th Apr 2018 at 05:52am

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BMAT STEM Academy – formerly Sir Charles Kao UTC – works closely with businesses in and around Harlow to prepare young people for the actual career paths open to them.
Working with a careers advisor, the school focuses on equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter into professions surrounding science, technology, engineering and maths.

Nathan Edwards has been offered full-time employment with training at Loxone Smart Home UK, in Reading, having shown his potential at a young age.

Since the start of Year 10, Nathan has worked with Loxone on developing smart technology at the The Flat at BMAT STEM Academy – an apartment at the top of the school building which enables students to learn about smart technology.

His talents were spotted early and a job offered to him at the age of 15. Having kept in contact with the company throughout his time in sixth form, he will start full-time employment in the area of partner consulting from September.

The Year 13 student said: “I am really happy about my job offer. If it wasn’t for the school, I would not have worked with Loxone or experienced the world of smart technology.

“I am planning to relocate to Reading to start my job and can’t wait to be working in this industry.”
Year 13 Archie Armstrong has been offered an apprenticeship as a trainee structural engineer with Ramboll UK after an interview in February. His ambition is to become a chartered engineer.

He said: “I have had a lot of help to develop my professional skills, like approaching employers and writing cover letters. Thanks to the school, I have been introduced to the world of structural engineering. This included my professional work experience which helped me to gain more confidence to apply for a real job.”

Hayley Lancaster, careers adviser with All Together, works with students to apply for university, further education and apprenticeships, including higher and degree level.

One to one support is offered through apprenticeship applications, interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres.

She said: “Many students are now opting for higher and degree level apprenticeships as an alternative to university. The programmes offer young people a choice in obtaining a higher qualification and the ‘earn while you learn’ approach is attractive to some learners.

“It is a privilege to work with the incredible students, staff and sponsors at the BMAT STEM Academy. I am so proud of Archie, Nathan and all the students who work tirelessly to achieve their career goals and I wish them every success for the future.”

The school’s sponsors and employer links support the career programme through mentoring, interview support, career insights and trips.

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