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Students get a head start on job market
A COLLEGE has joined forces with a recruitment specialist to help students get the inside track on jobs and apprenticeships.
Since September, recruitment firm Reed has been helping students at South Essex College, which has campuses in Basildon, Southend and Grays, to get ahead on applying for jobs.
The employment specialist has been working with education charity NCFE to set up an employment brokerage team.
The team work with students across all three campuses and local employers to make sure the teenagers who are studying at level 2 and level 3 have access to job vacancies which are not publicly advertised.
They also help the youngsters by giving them tailored training in the skills they need to secure the jobs, including helping them to prepare CVs, application forms and brush up their interview skills.
Angela O’Donoghue, principal and chief executive of South Essex College, said: “We all know how difficult the job market is at the moment.
“We are constantly hearing news about the number of young people who can’t find work or aren’t given opportunities.
“Our vocational courses help to prepare students for working in their chosen industry, but now we are giving them a further boost by helping them find jobs in their chosen areas.
“We want our students to not just be a success at college, but also when they leave us as well.
“By giving students this head start, we can help make a difference for them with the help and expertise of Reed NCFE.”
As part of the scheme Reed and NCFE are helping teens to secure relevant work experience placements.
Nick Hughes, senior operations manager for Reed NCFE, added: “We firmly believe the initiative is the right solution to address the potential disconnect between employers and colleges.
“Since the launch of the partnership in January at Bournemouth and Poole College, the service has had an average of 200 live vacancies each month, placing a huge number of students in employment at the end of their college courses.
“We hope and expect the same success for South Essex College.
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