Careers Provision

At the Energy Coast UTC, we pride ourselves on offering our students the best opportunities for their future career in STEM, whether this is by progressing onto an apprenticeship, university or straight into a career of their choice.

We ensure that our students are given the best possible advice for their future as well as creating opportunities for them to talk to our employer partners and discuss their options with form tutors, Inspira careers advisors, industry mentors or our Careers Lead, Simon Richardson (Assistant Principal, Technical and Vocational). Simon Richardson is available at or on 01900 606446.

Student progression from the Energy Coast UTC is outstanding. In 2021, 88% of our year 13 leavers secured an apprenticeship, compared to National average of 7% and a Cumbrian average of 6%. Furthermore, 100% of sixth form leavers moved onto a degree, apprenticeship, or employment. We believe that this is not only due to our fantastic teaching, but also because we provide extra opportunities to experience work, specialist opportunities in STEM and a focused way of learning. We also have unique connections with West Cumbrian, national and international employers and whilst in Sixth Form, we give our students a double lesson every week to spend time with an employer solving an engineering problem. All of our initiatives are designed to give our students the best possible start to their future career in STEM or whichever career path they choose to take.

Through a planned programme of activities, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and a systematic focus on Employability Skills, the Energy Coast UTC seeks to help all students take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. The focus is upon career and option choice, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equipping them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning.

The UTC is also currently working towards being awarded the Inspiring IAG Award by:

  • Providing a planned programme of activities to which all students from Years 10–13 are entitled which will help them to plan and manage their careers
  • Providing IAG which is impartial, unbiased and is based on their needs
  • Ensuring that the CEIAG programme follows local, regional and national frameworks for good practice and other relevant guidance, such as the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance (see further details).

For further information about our careers policy or plan for each year group, please click on the relevant links below or visit one of the 4 personalised Careers pages linked below.

For information on financial support for students in years 12 and 13, please visit or

For information on student finance after year 13 (i.e. university), please visit or

For information on finding a suitable apprenticeship anywhere in the UK, please visit