Thank you for taking the time to look at the page for employers on our website. Studio Schools place a strong focus on employability and engagement with employers is central to what we do.

The value that employers bring when they engage with schools is well evidenced. Research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.

New research shows that engagement not only allows employers to add value to schools and the lives of young people, but that young people and schools in turn give huge value to employers. In addition to the hard business case for engaging with schools there is a soft business case. Engaging with young people can be an enriching experience for both students and employers. It can bring employees joy, it helps young people to expand their awareness of career routes and training options and can be useful to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas that can be used in industry.

Source https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/news/new-guide-employer-engagement-schools-partnership-cbi

We have some strong employer partnerships and employer engagement is central to school life at Digitech. Involvement may include (but is not limited to):

  • Attendance at careers events
  • Supporting student networking events
  • Supporting employability workshops
  • Inspirational talks to students
  • Sitting on a careers panel for Post 16
  • Offering experience of work to students
  • Linking with subject areas to create ‘real world’ project work
  • Assisting with mock recruitment events

If you are an employer who is interested in supporting careers and employability activities at Digitech please complete the below contact form and we will be in touch.



Catrina Holmes is our Careers and Employability Coach. She can support students with their plans in relation to careers and employability including (but not limited to):

  • Identifying strengths and skills
  • Post 16 options
  • Helping students to link to employers through work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Employability skills (support with interviews and applications)
  • Signposting students and parents to career resources and pathways

Catrina’s working days during term time are Monday-Wednesday and her office is opposite the Post 16 Centre. Students are welcome to drop into the office to ask questions and pick up careers information during break times.

All students will be seen individually for careers coaching sessions whilst studying at Digitech and will receive an individual action plan.

Students are encouraged to undertake careers research and be curious about their options. The following websites may help with research.

 

Useful Careers Websites

 

The National Careers Service

Information about training routes and required qualifications for a wide range of jobs. The website also includes a ‘skills health check’, resources to support CV writing and a course finder.

Graduate Prospects

Detailed careers information including progression routes, demand levels and links to associated sources of information for further research.

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The West of England LEP have produced sector guides for the areas that they have identified as being most in demand (Advanced Engineering & Aerospace, Creative & Digital, Construction & Development, Health & Life Sciences, High Tech, Low Carbon and Professional & Financial Services).

Career Pilot

A range of useful information about choices and progression routes at post 16 and 18. There is a parents section on the website as well as links to other useful resources including Labour Market Information.

Careers Near Here

A locally based website for students in the Bath & Bristol area. Lots of regularly updated useful information about work experience opportunities, local job sectors and career tools.

Start

 

Rate your skills, interests and qualifications you are interested in to generate career ideas.

You can also search for individual career profiles, view videos of people talking about what their job is really like and explore by sector area.

Success at School

Career zone areas, practical advice articles on a range of different careers and employability topics and a forum where you can ask employers and universities questions!

 

Careers Box

 

A wide range of videos of professionals talking about what their job is really like.

 

The National Apprenticeship Website

 

A live national database of apprenticeship opportunities. Register to set up searches to receive information about work based training that matches your interests and career goals.

The South Gloucestershire Post 16 Directory

This lists, sixth forms, colleges and training providers in the local area.

The Bristol Post 16 Directory

 

This lists sixth forms, colleges and training providers in the Bristol area.

As a parent or carer you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their future.

Parents and carers of Digitech students can contact Digitech’s Careers and Employability Coach Catrina Holmes for information or to request an appointment by email Catrina.holmes@digitechstudioschool.co.uk or by phone 0117 992 7100.

For websites which may help you when supporting your child’s research please see the “Information for Students”.

We also value parents and carers sharing their experience of work with our students. If you are able to support Digitech students with careers and employability activities please complete the below contact form or email catrina.holmes@digitechstudioschool.co.uk directly to discuss this further.