Students from New College Stamford were given the opportunity to improve their employability skills as part of Prepare for Work, a new programme designed to help further education college students across the UK maximise their chances of securing and maintaining employment.
The free programme, developed by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and supported by Barclays, works alongside New College Stamford to help deliver employability-focused activities to students with support including the assistance of Barclays employees. The programme raises awareness of entrepreneurship and self-employment.
As part of New College Stamford’s commitment to maximising important employability skills amongst its students, National Careers Week has been the perfect opportunity to highlight the key skills that employers have identified as lacking in candidates.
Sessions have focused on topics including CVs and interviews as well as identifying and demonstrating personal strengths during the recruitment process. Students have also learnt about the steps to be taken when starting a business and have had the opportunity to enter their business ideas in a national Built for Business enterprise competition.
One session included a visit from ex-student Tom Giddins who completed his Science A Levels at New College Stamford in order to achieve his dream career as a paramedic. Tom was able to share his experience with current A Level and Science students, providing top tips for getting in to the industry.
Sarah Young, Director of Learning at New College Stamford said:
“We are delighted to have taken part in Prepare for Work. It’s a great initiative, which allows us to deliver high quality employability-themed activities in a way that creates a real buzz in the college and maximises student learning. The programme helps students to develop key skills which are critical to their future success.”
Chris Hearn, Head of Education, Barclays Corporate said:
“As a long-term supporter of the Further Education sector, we’re proud to be working with the National Skills Academy to offer Prepare for Work as part of our larger commitment to build the enterprise, employability and financial skills of the next generation through 5 Million Young Futures.”