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Students are ‘Work Ready’ after job skills and apprenticeship talks

A ‘Work Ready’ event gave students all the information they need to start applying for jobs to prepare for leaving College.

Parents were also invited to attend an Apprenticeship Evening which gave them the most up-to-date information on opportunities available for 18-year-olds.

Run by the College’s CUBE (Careers, University, Business Links and Employment), both events proved very popular and feedback was excellent.

The Preparing for Work sessions held during the College day for students included Psychometric Tests, Mock Interviews with Job Centre advisers, an Apprenticeships presentation by Harriet Jones from EY (Ernst & Young), a Volunteering Talk by Early Help Volunteer Co-ordinator Rachel Tapp, Interview tips and application forms advice, CV sessions by Angela Nelis from Young Enterprise, Group Assessment practice by Justin Harwood from Lloyds Bank and a Skills that Employers look for session by Bob Neame from Prospects.

There were four evening Apprenticeship talks attended by just under 400 parents and students. Representatives from EY and Prospects gave an overview of the different types of apprenticeship programmes, gave detailed information about the benefits of the schemes and advice on how to apply.

One parent said after the meeting: “This was an excellent presentation, very detailed and informative. I now have a much better understanding of apprenticeships.”

CUBE Manager Nikki Phelps said: “Many parents are telling us they expect their son or daughter to progress into an apprenticeship after leaving College, so the evening was very successful in providing parents with the most up-to-date information on apprenticeship programmes in general, as well as some specific information about EY's programmes.” 

Congratulations to Jack Richardson who has won a Kindle Fire for completing a CUBE student feedback survey last term. Jack’s name was picked from the draw, which included all students who completed the survey.

From the survey, 100% of students were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with the service they received from the CUBE. One student commented: "I received very open, friendly, unbiased advice as to what my next step would be."