The latest episodes focus on four key industries: catering & hospitality, engineering & manufacturing, construction and digital, with a range of guest speakers including celebrity Maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix and chef Tom Kerridge, industry experts in construction and digital, and new recruits including graduates and apprentices just starting out in their careers.

Each episode outlines routes into each industry and includes an interactive challenge designed to fit within the curriculum, and focus on STEM where applicable.

This new improved format is available on-demand to fit conveniently into any school timetable.



The industries under the spotlight are:

Episode 1 - Catering and Hospitality

A Recipe for Career Success

With Springboard and the Hospitality Apprenticeship group

In this episode celebrity maitre d’hotel Fred Sirieix and Chef Tom Kerridge explain what the sector means to them and why they chose it as a career. We speak to new entrants who share their experiences and offer top tips to consider when starting out.

We outline routes into the industry from college courses through to apprenticeships and our industry partners Springboard and the UK Hospitality Group, share their insights into the latest industry trends and the variety of roles on offer, from joining large established brands, through to starting your own business.

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Episode 2 - Design and development for engineering and manufacturing

Thinking in three dimensions

With Autodesk

The 3D printing revolution has changed the face of manufacturing. Products are designed using new techniques, such as generative design, and produced by additive manufacturing. This episode considers this emerging industry and identifies how to kickstart your career.

We speak to new recruits just starting out in the advanced manufacturing sector. We explore a mini-project in 3D printing, designed by Create Education, and talk to Robert Stott from City & Guilds about how this emerging area of industry is covered in engineering and manufacturing T-Levels and related UK qualifications.

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Episode 3 - Design, building services and onsite construction

Building the future, today

With CITB and Homeserve Foundation

The way we look at construction and the built environment is changing, with an increasing importance on digital skills and the need to adopt a more sustainable approach.  Our partner the CITB is developing a recognised, world class, innovative workforce to deliver the highest quality in the built environment.

We hear from them as they share the latest industry trends and scope the size and scale of opportunity in the construction industry. We interview a number of new joiners into the industry who share their first-hand experience of how construction is changing, and explore the practical challenges of sustainability with a series of real-world examples.

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Episode 4 - Digital support and business services

Routes and roles in the digital industry

With BCS

There are many roles and routes into the digital industry from digital marketing to cyber security. BCS help us explore the wide range of digital careers available, identify the skills and knowledge required and share the ‘inside track’ on working as a digital apprentice. As well as highlighting the new T-Level and HTQ qualifications available.

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Watch our previous Spotlights

You can watch content from all our previous Spotlight on Careers events on-demand. Simply register to access our online platform.

Spotlight in numbers


of young people felt engaged


of young people were inspired


of young people gained knowledge to support their progression in technical career routes


of teachers and parents were able to advise young people on technical education and careers after watching

Spotlights are fantastic opportunities for young people of all ages, and especially during these difficult times. It was well received by all of our students, including one who produced his own computer programme after watching one of the talks.

Lisa Millward, Careers Lead at Erdington Academy

In an education environment, if we’ve got external speakers saying the same things as the teachers, it might help everything to click. When the students are listening to someone who is in industry, like an architect, who can talk about where they started off from, how they got to where they are, and the highs and the lows of their career so far it resonates more.

Ellie Davies, The Bournemouth and Poole College

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