Career Ready Round up

It has been a busy few months for our students involved in the Career Ready Programme.

 2nd Year students have been attending the quarterly employer board meetings to present their summer work placements and in November had the opportunity to attend the “Skills Show” in Birmingham.  This event is the largest Careers, Skills and Apprenticeship Fair held in the country.

 1st Year students went through the vigorous selection process in the Autumn term and started their journey for their chosen area in either Business & Finance, Sports & Health and Technology & Communications.

 After selection the 1st Year students spent a day in London for the “Capital Experience”, spending the morning at the Dominion Theatre along with other Career Ready students from across the UK, where they enjoyed a masterclass on “Effective Communication and Networking.  The afternoon was spent at various employer visits across the city.  Sport & Health had the opportunity to visit the Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park.  Technology & Communications students visited Experis, Manpower Group. 

 Computing student Jake Russell said “I found the trip really useful in giving me a better insight into what skills employers are looking for in people, and how to develop these skills too.”  

 Harry Frost, (Business and Finance) along with the rest of his cohort visited BP at Canary Wharf and said “The Capital Experience trip was a very useful experience which gave an insight into what potential careers are out there.  I found the discussion with the apprentices particularly useful and felt the day as a whole was very well organised and enjoyable.”

 Since returning from their Capital Experience, first year students have all now been paired up with their business mentors who will support them throughout the programme and have been invited to the attend the next  round of employer board meetings.

2nd year students have recently benefited from a couple of employer visits.  The first was from Katey Gaunt of St. James’s Place Wealth Management who held a masterclass with the students on Personal Brand.  This was an interactive session with the students that got them thinking about the things that influence their own personal brand.

Two of Cirencester College Career Ready Alumni Meghan Sugrue and Danny Gannicott were also invited back to the College to deliver a talk to the students about the Deloitte “BrightStart Apprenticeship Scheme”.  They shared with the students how well they have been doing since joining Deloitte and the fantastic opportunities available with the company.

To find out more about the Career Ready programme and how you could be part of it just email careerready@cirencester.ac.uk