GPUTC's Employer Outreach Evening
To start off the new year in style, the team here at GPUTC organised and ran our first of what we hope will be many, extremely successful Employer Outreach Evenings.
We welcomed over 40 local employers who all came together in our Event Space for an evening of canapes, presentations and networking. These employers varied in size and industry which they represent, those in attendance included Anglian Water, Barclays, the Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Navy, all of whom are excited to see Greater Peterborough UTC succeed.
The reason why organising this was so important is so that we, as an institution that is supported by local businesses, can offer our students more opportunities when it comes to making sure they gain a successful career once they finish their studies with us. Our employers are a large part of our curriculum and school life. They ensure students are constantly exposed to real life problems and consistently prepare them as much as possible for the world of work.
One of the employers who attended our event stated that "the event was very enjoyable" and that they were "so impressed with UTC on so many levels". "Your students are a credit to you and the organisations involved are obviously supporting you at very senior levels, anxious to make a difference to you. They need to recruit the high quality of student which you are helping create and I am very excited to be a part of the UTC as it grows and develops."
During the presentations we were exceptionally honoured to receive our award for the Junior Leader Field Gun Competition, awarded generously by the Royal Navy on the night. For those of you who may not know, the Greater Peterborough UTC team were the highest placed UTC in this competition in the entire country. This is a major achievement for our school and the students who took part and we are exceptionally proud of them.
As part of this exciting evening our employers had the chance to bid for a room or a wall. This suggests that when a company wins a bid they would be given the chance to make one of our classrooms or walls their own. They will do this by putting their branding in the area, creating wall art and even putting some of their tools or products on display. The room would also be named after their company. The first company to be confirmed for one of our rooms was Baker Perkins who placed a bid for one of our Engineering Workshops.
Once again, our student leaders were an incredible asset to the school on this evening. Our SLG (Student Leader Group) volunteered to assist by waiting on guests, meeting and greeting and even have a go at the networking side of the event themselves. All companies that attended stated how impressed they were with how our students held themselves in the environment, some of our students even received offers for interviews with major companies including Anglian Water and the Royal Air Force.
Overall, the event was a major success and we hope to repeat this in the future and continue to offer our students the exposure to many different companies from different industries.