Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy

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Developing the key skills for employability from a core component of everything we do at BTEA and for very good reason. A recent CBI survey revealed that 81% of employers valued employability skills as the most important factor when recruiting over and above purely academic qualifications.

Employability Skills are the general core skills that employers look for in young people to demonstrate their ability to cope with and develop in the working environment. Employers often focus many aspects of their recruitment process assessing employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership.

At BTEA we develop the students’ employability skills through opportunities to work directly with employers both within the curriculum and through our enrichment programme. We have a structured approach to our employability programme that enables students to both develop, progress and map their employability skills whilst at BTEA.

Key Stage 4 Industry Projects

Projects of three week duration supported by an employer partner focused on practical problem solving through designing and making a solution to an engineering problem set by the employer. Each project includes a practical Industry Day where the students get to work alongside the employers.

Projects include:

  • Aircraft design and make – Rolls Royce
  • Rocket car design and make – Bloodhound
  • Wind turbine design and make – UWE
  • Ocean rescue vessel design and make – Royal Navy

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Projects

The BTEC Engineering curriculum has been supported by key local employers to give the students real employer context to the learning and assessment tasks.

Projects include:

  • Computer Numerical Control – GKN
  • Engineering Design – Atkins Global
  • Health and Safety – Astra Zeneca 
  • Wing Academy – Airbus

QED - Qualities Employers Demand

The students map their progress with their employability skills whilst at BTEA through their QED passport, this has been endorsed by our key supporters including Airbus, GKN and UWE.

As students progress through the QED they can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold levels with the QED forming part of their graduation from the Academy.

Qualities Employers Demand Passport

  • Your QED passport enabled you to track the development of key employability skills in five core categories: Courage, Independence, Communication, Leadership and Business.
  • Each category is subdivided into four skills or competences
  • As you develop these skills and competences you can log them in the passport
  • There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, allowing you to demonstrate your progress
  • The QED passport will be a key component for your evidence for the Duke of York Award
  • It is also endorsed by our employer partners

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