Our Trust firmly believes in innovative partnerships between industry and education to help us acheive our mission to Transform Lives Through Learning.

Whether our students are studying at one of our UTCs or one of our comprehensive schools, our aim is always to prepare them ultimately for the world of work. Connections with employers, and the role they can play in developing the skills of our learners, are of huge importance to us.

Our distinct approach to employer relationships and engagements is what helps us stand out. UTCs are set up in partnership with local employers, with curriculums, equipment and pathways designed to prepare students for work in a unique way. But our focus on this is not just restricted to UTCs; our secondary schools also have excellent relationships with local employers.

Companies interested in working with one of our schools can find out more about the different ways of getting involved, the support we offer and the benefits to their staff and business, by initially emailing michael.halliday@alet.org.uk

Our Key Partners across our UTCs

how we work with employer partners

Employers large and small work with learners in all our schools, running employability workshops on skills like CV writing, interviews, presentations and softer skills like teamwork. They attend careers fairs and sometimes work with students on long-term projects over an academic year.

Employers tell us they value being involved in steering the curriculum and in shaping the skills of their future workforce, equipping our learners with the knowledge they need to succeed in industry right now. Their staff find the sessions personally and professionally rewarding and enjoy seeing students develop over time or even just in the session itself.

the digital futures programme

The Digital Futures Programme has been created to help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for a career in the digital industries. On this programme students learn transferable engineering and IT skills that put them ahead of the competition when they are applying for jobs in these sectors. Employers working on the programme have found it to be hugely rewarding, both in terms of wellbeing and professional development. A major plus is having a pool of talent to work with, get to know and even employ, thus future-proofing the sector.