STEM Academy

If you study level 3 STEM courses at Pendleton Sixth Form College (A-level mathematics,
physics, biology, chemistry or IT, or Vocational BTECs in science or engineering) then you can apply to be a part of our Career Ready STEM Academy. STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) is a growing sector of the British economy and more and more students are
looking towards careers in this area. When it comes to getting on the best courses and working for the best companies, experience can often be the key. As part of the STEM Academy you can get that experience and make an exciting start to a possible future career.

What is the STEM Academy?
The first part of the scheme is a trip to London in December. You will travel down on the train and go
to a show at the Dominion Theatre with every other Career Ready student in the country. There you will
hear inspiring stories of how Career Ready has helped people move into their dream jobs. After the show we travel across the capital to the headquarters of a major STEM company or project. In the last three years we have visited Hewlett Packard, Network Rail and Costain — students had the opportunity to learn about the new Crossrail project, which will bring a new line to the London Underground. This is the biggest engineering project in Europe at the moment. At these site visits you will meet with young engineers who can speak with authority on what it’s like to go through college and university and then to find yourself in an exciting job in the STEM industry.

Successful applicants are placed with a professional mentor who will coach you in professional skills in the STEM workplace. Over a course of sessions, both in college and in the workplace, you will learn to be the most effective you can be. Industry knowledge, workplace behaviour and etiquette, interview skills and much more will be covered over the course of your mentorship. You will get the opportunity to meet your mentor’s colleagues and make networking connections that may prove advantageous in your future career for years to come.

You will attend a series of masterclasses covering professional skills and how best to be prepared to go into the world of work when you leave college or university.

For many, the biggest advantage of the scheme is the summer internship. You will be placed with a STEM company in Salford or Manchester where you will undertake a four week paid internship, often attached to a specific project. In recent years we have had students working in construction engineering, with the NHS and with quantity surveyors working in the charity sector helping build homes for vulnerable people. Some students chose placements within the college, seeing first-hand what has gone into our multimillion pound renovations and estates developments.