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Careers Programme

We strive to deliver the best careers service to every one of our students. To make a positive first impression in the world of work, our students' insight, understanding and experience are just as important as the qualifications they achieve with us.

To simplify we sometimes call this part of our school UTCness as it is what makes us unique.


Careers Lead: Mrs Sarah Hughes


Contact Number: 0191 9179888

  • Careers Strategy 2020-2021
  • Provider Access Policy

Our vision and intent

From the moment a student joins North East Futures UTC, they take part in our bespoke Careers and Employer Engagement Programme.

Designed with the personal development of our students in mind, the Careers Programme ensures they feel confident enough to make well-informed decisions about their next steps and ready to achieve their career goals.

The whole team behind the UTC absolutely believes in it. The passion is palpable and we know that this can genuinely transform the way that education is delivered in this region.

Giselle Stewart OBE, Ubisoft

Our Programme

Our complex CEIAG programme adds value to our academic curriculum delivery by offering:

  • Careers Talk Series delivered by employers
  • Work Experience
  • College, 6th Form and University visits and taster sessions
  • Industry Mentor Programme
  • Employer Led Projects
  • Careers and Apprenticeship Fairs
  • Employability and Careers Personal Development sessions
  • Interview practice
  • 1-2-1 Careers interviews offering impartial advice and guidance
  • Employer visits
  • Aspiration Days for students and parents
  • Careers in the Curriculum – employer guest lectures, curriculum projects and careers information threaded throughout the delivery of the academic curriculum

Our Commitment

To allow us to continually develop and improve our careers programme and ensure we are meeting the needs of our students we have committed to achieving the Quality in Careers Standard in 2021 accredited by CSW.  CSW is a Licensed Awarding Body able to deliver the national quality award The Quality in Careers Standard. The award provides schools with a good practice framework for organisations that work with young people, which includes, schools, colleges, and other learning providers.

Impartial Careers Advice

We ensure all of our Year 11 and Year 13 students are offered at least one careers advice session with an independent advisor. These advice sessions are also available to other year groups on request. We work closely with our provider Education Development Trust to ensure the students are offered a high quality and well informed advice service during their time at the UTC.

1A stable careers programme
2Learning from career and labour market information
3Addressing the needs of each student
4Linking curriculum learning to careers
5Encounters with employers and employees
6Experience of workplaces
7Encounters with further and higher education
8Personal guidance

Gatsby Benchmarks

In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, titled “Good Career Guidance.”

The report identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools:
Our careers programme is structured around these benchmarks to ensure our students are receiving the best careers advice and guidance we can offer. 


Measuring Impact

North East Futures UTC measures the impact and success of the Careers Education programme from our:

  • Destination data
  • Evaluation and completion of termly Student Employability Skills Reviews
  • Evaluation of employer encounters and careers related learning against the skills and knowledge developed

All the data gathered above will be reviewed at the end of July 2021 in preparation for the new academic year September 2021 and will influence the changes to our Careers Strategy and Plan for the following academic year.

Careers in the Curriculum

Our teachers are committed to bringing their subjects to life and bringing careers learning into our classrooms. Some of the methods we use include:

  • Inviting our business partners in to deliver workshops and guest lectures
  • Subject career sessions
  • Promoting employability skills such as leadership, team working and communication
  • Discussing career aspirations in class and what careers using a particular subject might be like
  • Employer Led Projects from real life scenarios to expand students' familiarity with different jobs and careers

Careers sessions are delivered termly in all subjects to help students understand the links to different career paths from their learning in those subjects. There are some links below to relevant research studies which support this practice and evidence the impact this has on young people and also some great resource links for teachers who want to develop this learning in their own classroom. 

CEC - Careers in the Curriculum – What Works?

NUSTEM Careers.  An online database of over 100 different STEM jobs sorted by National Curriculum Science topic. Makes it easy to include jobs into your lessons.

NUSTEM careers resources including worksheets linked to North East companies.

National Careers Service Job profiles. An A-Z list of different career options.

STEM Learning eLibrary (was the National STEM centre eLibrary). Searchable repository of STEM related resources.  You can search it to find career resources linked to specific topics or subjects. (Free registration required)

NHS Careers website. Invaluable for students who ‘want to be a doctor’ but who, due to the competitive nature of that profession, would do better thinking about other options.

Careers Information for Students

Find out more about what we have to offer in the termly careers update for Students.

Many useful resources, further information and career posters are available on Unifrog, our careers and destinations platform for students.

Careers Information for Parents/Carers

Within our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy & Careers Strategy you will find an overview of the careers programme for the coming year for each year group. Follow the links below to find out what your child will be covering:


Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13


Find out more about careers in the termly careers update for Parents and Carers and on our Careers Newsletters.

Useful resources for Students, Parents/Carers

Amazing Apprenticeships The Parents’ Pack March 2019 edition covers preparing for the first day in a new job, helping your child find the right employer, financial support for apprentices, construction apprenticeships with Mace, exciting new apprenticeship standards, updated advice on accessing higher and degree apprenticeships, and more!
icould A website that provides over 1000 personal video stories and detailed job information about hours of works, the skills and qualifications needed and tasks that need to carried out.
National Careers Service  Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Unifrog A one stop shop for every students destination needs and is the platform the UTC has chosen to allow them to explore how their interests lead to different education and training pathways. They can see what steps they need to take to stand the best chance of application success; study expert guides explain how to navigate each step in the application process; log any employability or skills building experiences they have had and look at areas they might want to develop. It helps students to make better choices around careers and future study options, as well as a rich mix of inspiring careers and employability information.
National Apprenticeship Service offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities. More information can be found at
Get in, Go far provides information advice and guidance for pupils and parents about apprenticeships.
CareersBox free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
UCAS Progress online search and application tool for post 16 courses.
Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child's future career prospects.
CASCAID Parents Guide to Careers Guidance A guide on how parents / carers can support students with career decisions. 
Labour Market Information (LMI) LMI for All is an online data portal which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. The online portal includes LMI that can answer the questions people commonly ask when thinking about their careers, including ‘how much do people get paid?’ and ‘what type of person does that job?’. 
Parental G12uidance advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Whether you want to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, thwere's an online course for that. You can even take your learning further with online programs and degrees.

NHS Careers


The NHS offer a huge range of careers, from healthcare science to digital, finance and engineering, not just for students who want to be a doctor. Take a look at their website to find out more about the opportunities they offer.


Industry Engagement

47%of UTC leavers went to university.
81%of UTC leavers chose STEM courses. (46% nationally)
14%of UTC leavers started a job.