It has been another busy time for our Career Ready students, whilst our first years have had their first taste of business networking our second years graduated at the prestigious Calcot Manor, near Tetbury.
First year students held their first speed networking event with local employers, which gave the students a great introduction to communicating with others business people and to gather information about their career experiences.
Each of the employer volunteers were asked to rate the students on key skills such as eye contact, handshake and articulation, which employers then feedback to the students in order to help them develop their skills further.
Career Ready student Ed Ramsey said, “Being able to meet and discuss my career aspirations with senior managers from a range of businesses was highly informative. Such events provide valuable practical experience of presenting yourself positively and thus acquire valuable experience, including building your self-confidence.”
The Career Ready programme helps prepare students for employment through work placements, mentoring, employer talks, visits and skill workshops like the networking event. It is also an opportunity for employers to give something back to the students by helping them to plan their careers.
At the end of the programme students are given a formal graduation ceremony and recently thirty of our 2nd years graduated from the programme at Calcot Manor, near Tetbury. The evening was a celebration of student achievement and an acknowledgement of them progressing on to the next step of their career.
Former Career Ready student Drew Marriott was compere for the evening. Guest of Honour, Sue Kingston of St James’s Place Wealth Management passed on useful tips for future job applications and interviews. Certificates were presented to all of the graduating students by Simon Page, Career Ready South West Regional Manager.
Parents and family members joined in the celebrations and, one parent Phil Curnock, father of IT student Rob Curnock explained what a difference Career Ready has made to his son Rob Curnock, he said, “Career ready has been an excellent programme for our son and helped him hugely in developing his skills and real life practical knowledge in making the next step into the working environment.”
Ian McLarty the programme’s development manager said, “This was a fantastic evening. It’s important to take a step back and celebrate the journey that our students have made. In addition to their normal studies they’ve all chosen to take control of their own future. It will undoubtedly give them an edge in a competitive jobs market and we’re very proud of their progress. I’d also like to thank Calcot Manor for offering us such a spectacular venue for the ceremony. It’s helped make it memorable and is a great example of the close employer relations that we’re developing at the college.”
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