Designed for educators and students, we shared backgrounds on four particular industries: catering & hospitality, engineering & manufacturing, construction and digital. We discussed routes into these industries, with interactive challenges thrown in along the way. For each episode, the challenge will work to educators’ feedback to ensure the sessions fits within the curriculum, with a focus on STEM where applicable.

We featured a variety of fantastic guest speakers, including chefs Fred Sireix and Tom Kerridge, industry experts in construction and digital support as well as a variety of new recruits including graduates and apprentices just starting out in their careers.

The new improved format can be watched on-demand to fit into the school timetable, so make sure to sign up today.



The industries covered in the first four of these new look Spotlight on Careers episodes will be:

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 explained what the sector means to them and why they chose it as a career. We also spoke to new entrants who shared their experiences and offered top tips to consider when starting out.  We outlined routes into the industry from college courses through to apprenticeships.

Our industry partners Springboard and the UK Hospitality Group, shared their insights into 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 considered this emerging industry and identified how you kickstart your career.

We spoke to new recruits just starting out in their career about their role in this advanced manufacturing sector. We explored a mini-project in 3D printing, designed by Create Education, and talked 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 heard from them as they shared the latest industry trends and scoped the size and scale of opportunity in the construction industry. We also interviewed a number of new joiners into the industry who shared their first-hand experience of how construction is changing. We also explored 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 indsutry. From digital marketing to cyber security, digital careers are constantly developing. Explore with BCS what digital careers are available, discover what it is like working in this role as an apprentice, the career and teaching resources on hand to sample the skills and knowledge needed and 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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