Students from The Bournemouth & Poole College sampled the world of work at a unique employability and careers event programme at the Lansdowne site in Bournemouth recently.
The A Level students, from the College’s Sixth Form, were given a unique opportunity to explore career opportunities with the support and advice of volunteers from a range of locally-based employers.
Some big names were present including Barclays, Astute, Lloyds Banking Group, Interserve Interiors, Hazel PR and Princecroft Willis.
The event was organised by Working Knowledge, a social enterprise which promotes the concept of creating chances for young people to open doors to employment.
The students worked in teams to investigate the career options open to them with their A Level subjects. With the help of the employers they discovered the opportunities available in the science and arts world through a series of hands-on workshops, designed to develop their employability skills.
Laura Edwards, Managing Director, iLike media said: “It was a fun, interactive, well organised experience. I found it very rewarding to assist the potential leaders of the future.”
Emma Woodford, HR Business Partner, Old Mutual Wealth said:
“It was a great opportunity to help young people think about their future and focus on the employability skills needed to be successful in their career.”
Head of Sixth Form at The Bournemouth & Poole College Tracey Griffin said:
“It was a fantastic opportunity to engage first-hand with the next generation of employees and provide advice and guidance to them about the skills they need for their future”
One student, Amber said: "After today I have learnt to be more confident and put my ideas forward. The business volunteers taught me the different skills that employers look for when recruiting."
Another student, Steven, said: "This event has given me a chance to evaluate my future and now I want to achieve more at college."
"The business volunteers taught me the importance of punctuality and creativity, and how different skills can be relevant to each business. I now feel more confident at job interviews."
In January a number of employers have already agreed to return to the college for a Business Lunch to establish an Employers Advisory Board for Sixth Form