Students boost their employability skills during Barclays’ Prepare for work week

Students from Shrewsbury College have been taking part in Prepare for Work Week, a new programme designed to help 100,000 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 as part of their commitment to 5 Million Young Futures, offers participating colleges free resources and a variety of support, including the assistance of Barclays employee volunteers, to help them deliver employability-focused activities to their students during the Spring term of 2015.

The programme also touches on financial aspects of employment and raises awareness of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Through the Prepare for Work programme, students have been learning about 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.

Laure Jeffrey, Employability Leader at the College, said: “We are delighted to be taking 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.

“A main focus of the week is our Jobs Fair, on Thursday, 16 April, from 10am – 1pm. The students have been working with Jobcentre Plus to arrange the event, where over 45 local employers with current job vacancies are attending. Students from across the College can use this opportunity to see what jobs are currently available. The event is also open to members of the public, so we welcome anyone not currently in employment, or looking for a career change, advice on progressions routes or who wants to enrol on to a course, to come along. ”

Chris Hearn, Head of Education, at 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.”

The College received a grant of £2400 to deliver the project.

For more information about progression routes and course advice, call 01743 342411

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