Employability Skills Development

The Aspirations Employability Portfolio (AEP) aims to develop all students employability skills, including a good understanding of the nature of different businesses. The focus is on the development of skills required for success in today’s global world such as time management, project management, teamwork and leadership, communications, critical thinking and presentations skills.

All Year 12 students, across the campus, are very fortunate to have an exciting opportunity to work with businesses industry-commissioned projects. These projects form the Aspirations Employability Portfolio (AEP) and the project-based learning takes place once a week. Each project involves students working with, and learning from, real employees of the commissioning company.

The aim is to provide students with a broad experience of the changing world of work and develop innovation and entrepreneurship.

The AEP involves:

  • Termly projects
  • Real, commissioned projects
  • Working in teams with input from skilled professionals
  • Research and fieldwork
  • Final presentation/exhibition/project pack

Who have we worked with so far?

PROJECT

To design a tunnel under one of the runways at Heathrow airport

PROJECT

To design, cost, build and launch a rocket with an attached payload.

PROJECT

To redesign part of a machine automation process to label eggs

PROJECT

To organise and host a 3 hour event to raise awareness of the construction industry with KS4 and to market construction as a viable career option.

PROJECT

How can Magna in Banbury do even better with 2 recruitment aims?

Recruiting more people with a STEM background to be leaders of the future.

Further improving our gender mix and having more women in senior positions.

PROJECT

To create and test a training or fitness simulation with game elements.

PROJECT

Airbus Foundation Discovery Space- design and build a prototype for a new interactive exhibit for their education facility. This exhibit must be linked to one of their new/upcoming projects, due for imminent launch;

PROJECT

iCAN is a new app and website that helps to track skills. The project was to market test, code and redesign the app and website.

PROJECT

To design, cost and build a room designated for Duke of Edinburgh

PROJECT

To create a recyclable cup designed to be used in supermarkets or shops

Who are we working with next? 2018-2019 projects

  • Magna Exteriors
  • Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • Hook Norton Brewery
  • Compton Verney
  • Apprenticeship and Training Company
  • WH Allan Farms - 'From Pig to Pork'
  • Science/Art Garden with links to National Herb Centre
  • Playko

Employer Testimonials

Successes and Opportunities arisen from AEP

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OPPORTUNITY

Kyle Horton: Offered a summer placement at Magna exteriors
The Apprenticeship and Training Company event reported in the Banbury Guardian

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OPPORTUNITY

STEM garden: Won AEP national finals in May 2018

Student Testimonials