The Digital industry is growing at a quick pace, with lots of exciting opportunities to work with the latest technology available in the area.
We have decided to launch brand new Career Excellence Hubs, which gives a greater focus on preparing our learners for industry and we would be delighted to welcome you along to our new Digital Career Excellence Hub.
Whether it’s liaising with businesses in the industry to make sure we’re teaching you relevant and up-to-date skills, creating the best facilities and digital platforms in the region for you to study in, or selecting the top teachers with current industry experience – our Digital Career Excellence Hub is focused on providing you with the right learning environment to help you reach your potential.
We are about preparing you for a career - what we offer is far more than just a course. Weston College is a diverse and inclusive learning environment, and we reward our students when they go above and beyond their abilities and expectations.
This guide will introduce you to our Digital Career Excellence Hub.
I look forward to welcoming you soon.
Sir Paul Phillips KBE, PhD, DLit, EdD
Principal and Chief Executive
Digital companies contribute £149 billion people employed as HR Managers or Directors in the South West to UK economy annually
IT Managers earn £45,000 annually on average
Digital Tech industry growing 6x quicker than any other industry
Over 68,000 people are employed in digital roles across the South West
WHAT IS THE CAREER EXCELLENCE HUB?
As a Weston College student you will become part of our exciting new Career Excellence Hub in Digital.
This means you will take part in a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, all with the aim of giving you the opportunity to become career ready!
Our mission statement is ‘creating brighter futures’ and we passionately believe in helping you reach your ultimate goal, focussing on your future employability and developing the skills you need to have a successful career.
So, whether you’re a school leaver or looking to study a full-time programme, our Career Excellence Hubs will help you stand out from the crowd and get ahead!
"The biggest constraint to growth is finding exceptional talent. We partner with Weston College to future proof our business, working with young talent, which has proved to be an effective pathway for our business."
The Digital industry is really exciting but also varied, so you might not know exactly which route you’d like to take yet. Here are a few different career options for you, with one of them potentially becoming your future career…Business and Related Research Professionals IT Engineers IT Specialist Managers Programmers and Software Development Professionals Web Design and Development Professionals
OUR DIGITAL CAREER EXCELLENCE HUB IS ENDORSED BY:
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
You’ll get to study in state-of-the-art learning spaces at Knightstone Campus, using the latest industry standard equipment, with concepts and ideas delivered by lecturers who have a wealth of industry experience.
We will equip you with 21st Century employability skills to progress you onto your next career destination. This will include, working on ‘real world learning’ using employer briefs and real-life case studies and scenarios to encourage up to the minute workplace problem solving.
Upskilled with the latest digital tools and technologies as a Microsoft Showcase College.
In a rapidly changing world of work, your identity, professional networks, and digital capability will increasingly influence your future career opportunities. We’ll prepare you to stand out by showcasing your work and achievements.
If competitions are in your sights, you will also have the option to compete against the best in the UK through our links with WorldSkills UK.
You will be supported with outstanding wrap-around pastoral support via our Wellbeing@Weston model which provides all learners with access to highly qualified teams of welfare and mental health practitioners and resources all designed to support you achieve your career goals.
Inspired with personalised 1:1 Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance, helping you look at all the options available to you for progression to the next step on your career journey.
Regardless of what your career goal is or whether you simply need to know what your options are - our team of highly trained careers advisors (Level 6 and above) offer relaxed, impartial advice to get you where you want to be helping you figure out the best route to achieve your dream career.
Empowered to learn more about your own mental health and wellbeing as part of your journey with us. Our ethos of Body and Mind will help you learn to develop coping strategies, build resilience, and access the proven benefits of exercise for wellness.
As well as all of the above benefits of being part of one of our Career Excellence Hubs, Weston College also offers you a fun, social experience designed for you to meet likeminded people, as well as being the only OUTSTANDING COLLEGE IN THE REGION!
Through our Career Excellence Hubs you will develop skills for life, which will help you gain employment once you have completed your study programme. We will help you to gain both hard skills, and soft skills, which employers have highlighted as keys skills in this sector, but what exactly are they?
Hard skills are the measurable ones that you list on your CV, and that you may hold certification in. Whereas soft skills are interpersonal, and help you to develop your character, which will benefit you in building relationships with co-workers and customers
Alongside input from our Career Excellence Hub employer partners and advisory boards, we as a college have invested in powerful Labour Market Intelligence tools to further guarantee that our curriculum meets employer need. Not only do we use all this information to inform our curriculum design, but it is also used to inform our skills and individual development programme called ID that’s purpose is to accelerate your progress towards your career goal and next steps by equipping you with the complete package of knowledge, experiences and skills.
We have built them into your study programme, meaning you will learn and develop these skills with us:
- Vendor Certifications
- Systems Thinking
- Commercial Awareness
- Problem Solving
English and maths are also a very important part of Digital, here are some of the key skills they provide:
- Speaking, listening and communication skills
- Technical terminology
- Communication with clients
- Technical accuracy of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) for computer programming
- Writing emails and letters
- Invoicing clients – providing a breakdown of fees for labour costs, printing costs etc
- Scaling – Using simple ratios to enlarge images
- Using ideas such as the golden ratio to make aesthetically pleasing pages
- Using symmetry, angles, and curves
Once you’ve completed your course, there are several options for you to further develop your skills and knowledge...
If you completed a Level 1, or Level 2 course, you can continue to progress to the next level course. Click here to go back to our course page, and discover the relevant course route, for you.
An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the digital industry. Not only will you get the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a local or national company, you will also be able to earn while you learn.
Through apprenticeships you will work closely with an experienced digital professional to develop and practice your skills, all whist receiving the benefits that being a student brings. See available apprenticeships here.
We have several degree options on offer at UCW, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge. UCW is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning the teaching, learning and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality in Britain.
There are several degree options available in digital, which could lead you on to a career as an app developer, web developer or a career in cyber. You can find the full UCW course list, here.
We also offer Digital T Level programmes, which is a mixture of college and work-based learning designed to give you the technical skills and workplace experience to kick-start your digital career.
You will complete a core technical qualification that will develop your understanding of the digital sector plus undertake a 12-week industry placement with one of our partner digital companies. See available business T-Levels here