OAT Futures is OAT’s first online careers portal for students and its purpose is to create meaningful, careers-related opportunities, educate students about their options and choices, and support the development of their employability skills.
The careers portal aims to broaden horizons and raise awareness of the career opportunities available throughout England, thereby removing geographical barriers, which can present obstacles to students and prevent them from taking those next steps.
This is part of the trust’s wider vision to enhance the careers-related learning experiences of young people. The portal supports not just OAT students but young people across the UK who are looking to find out more about their options.
The first phase in the development of the OAT Futures careers portal has focused on maritime careers, as many of OAT’s academies are in areas of significant disadvantage, including deprived coastal regions. OAT was able to commission the development of the new careers portal with funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), and the portal builds on our Maritime Futures initiative, which integrates maritime learning and deep employer engagement into a mainstream secondary curriculum.
OAT Futures has already established strong links with lots of maritime employers who have been instrumental in supporting students moving into interesting, inspiring careers that simultaneously strengthen the local economy.
The OAT Futures portal is available online here.