Developing Personal and Employability Skills and building your Personal Brand

Our Core Purpose

The primary purpose of RDUTC is to develop work-ready young people with the academic, technical, creative, personal and employability skills required to move onto successful careers.  To this end the development of personal and employability skills and building a personal brand has equity with academic, creative and technical development.

We focus on the following  key personal and employability skills which have been prioritised by our Employer Partners: 

  1. Creative Thinking
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Communication
  5. Team Work
  6. Leadership
  7. Independence
  8. Resilience

Personal and Employability skills are developed through the following strategies: 

    • Our ‘working week’ – much longer than a traditional ‘school’ week
    • Our Professional Values and Behaviours policy with its focus on: health and safety; personal and organisational reputation; productivity and efficiency
    • Our Cultural Capital programme which includes CC opportunities within all subjects as well as a comprehensive programme of visiting speakers, artists and performers as well as cultural trips and visits (including: CERN; Berlin; London; Manchester; theatre, museum and exhibition visits) – See Horizons Personal Development policy
    • Our comprehensive Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) programme which includes:
      • Subject-specific employer projects developed and delivered in partnership with our Employer Partners
      • Generic employer projects and programmes led by our Employer Partners, for example the Reckitt Inclusion and Diversity programme
      • Industry Experience placements (work experience)
      • Industry Insights visits to and from industry experts working within the engineering, digital, health care, financial and creative sectors
      • Careers Expos attended by all our Employer Partners and many other businesses in the region to enable our students to gain extensive knowledge of the career opportunities available to them
      • An annual Further Education Expo (open to all Further Education providers in the region to enable our students to gain knowledge of the post 16 education pathways available to them after Year 11)
      • The University Awareness programme, including visits to UCAS conventions and universities
      • Our UCAS and Apprenticeship Application programme to support students promote their personal brand via CVs, personal statements, letters of application, digital and face-to-face interviews, skills centres and entrance exams

  • Our Sports and Well-being programme – See Sport and Well-being Policy
  • The Relationship and Sex Education (SRE) programme – see RSE policy
  • Our Philosophy and Ethics programme – See RE policy
  • Our Fundamental British Values (FBV) programme – see FBV policy
  • Participation in the Founding Partners Reward programmes (KS5):
    • KCOM Community Award
    • Reckitt Award
    • Siemens Ganesa –
    • Smith + Nephew Award
    • Spencer Community Award
  • Participation in extra-curricular clubs and activities including:
    • Driving lessons (Y13) funded by our Employer Partners
    • 3 day First Aid at Work qualification
    • The Student Board
    • The RDUTC Arts Council
    • Arts and Crafts Markets
    • The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
    • Eco Club
    • Coding Clubs – Python/C Sharp
    • eSports Club
    • Experimental Art Club
    • Junk Couture Club
    • Cooking Club
    • Music lessons
    • VR Club
    • 3D Printing Club
    • F1 Challenge
    • Board Games Club
    • Chess Club
    • Gaming Club
    • Multi-gym sessions
  • Participation in the Arco Reading Widely and Often Award (KS4 and 5) – See Communication Skills (Literacy) policy

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