Speed interviewing leads to apprenticeship success for students

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Oscar Grant landed a role as electrical apprentice with Martin Baker Electrical

Students at Bournemouth & Poole College have secured electrical apprenticeships after taking part in speed interviewing – a new approach to getting onto the career ladder.

Students at the college met with representatives from Martin Barker Electrical, DS Electrical and Minster Electrical at a speed interviewing event. This saw students rotate around the local employers, giving them the opportunity to sell themselves in just ten minutes.

The unique event was arranged by the Construction Apprenticeship Team within Bournemouth & Poole College, in partnership with REED NCFE, which provides specialist training and job search support to young people.

REED NCFE, which is based within the college, recently launched its 3x campaign to help students become three times more likely to find a job, be promoted and retained. Together with Bournemouth & Poole College, the organisation is taking a fresh approach to helping students into employment, focusing on the development of mind-set and employability skills, which 96 per cent of employers say they value over skill set.*

Before attending the speed interviewing session, students received CV and interview technique support, focused on demonstrating the right mind-set to secure a role.

Oscar Grant, 20 from New Milton, landed a role as electrical apprentice with Martin Baker Electrical.

George Levings, managing director at Martin Baker Electrical said: “The speed interviewing was a great, efficient way for us to get to know the students at Bournemouth & Poole College. It was a great opportunity for us to get a feel for the students’ personalities and whether they had the right qualities to perform well in our team. Oscar is doing great and we wouldn’t hesitate to take part in more speed interviewing in the future.”

Jonathan Palmer, 24 from Broadstone, Poole also impressed, securing an Electrical Apprenticeship with Minster Electrical. He said: “The speed interviews were great. They allowed me to meet similar minded people on my course and best of all secure an apprenticeship. REED NCFE helped me in the run up to the speed interviews, giving me guidance on my CV and answering any questions that I had about the process. I really appreciate all their help as it ultimately led to me securing my apprenticeship.

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship at Minster Electrical and I am looking forward to learning new skills on the job and furthering my career.”   

A third student, Tom Hall, 20 from Bournemouth, landed a role with DS Electrical.

All three students are completing the Electrical Installation course at Bournemouth & Poole College and will be gaining valuable work experience with their new employers over 24 months, attending college one day per week for study.

Alasdair Downes at The REED NCFE Partnership commented: “Our focus is to help students to become three times more employable and to connect learners with the world of work.

“High unemployment rates continue to persist among those under 25 and it is our job to work with colleges across the UK to support their students to get their first step onto the career ladder. Apprenticeships are a great way of doing this and I am delighted for the students at Bournemouth & Poole College.”

REED NCFE provides a Jobs Brokerage Service at Bournemouth & Poole College, helping young people to develop winning CVs and interview techniques and connecting learners with the 75 per cent of jobs that are not publicly advertised.

Tony Moss, who is part of the college’s Construction Apprenticeship Team, said: “We’ve found that employers like the idea of having a ‘quick snapshot’ of the individual over a short space of time in one venue. We worked together with REED NCFE on the initial screening of the candidates and equipped them with the necessary skills for the session. This prior screening enables the employers to make the best use of their valuable time.”

“We will definitely be running more speed interviewing events. Our plan is to work with REED NCFE to take this approach across all the construction trades that we offer apprenticeships in at the college.”

If you are interested in completing an apprenticeship or are a business wishing to run an apprenticeship programme, please contact Lara Tyler, Employment Team Leader on 01202 205201 or LaraTyler@reed-ncfe.org.uk

*Research from James Reed, in association with Harvard.

The REED NCFE Partnership aims to connect learners with the world of work and provide employers with work-ready recruits. REED NCFE works with colleges and training providers to support their students from training into work, by helping to improve their employability. Ninety six per cent of employers value mind-set over skill-set and REED NCFE equips learners with these employability skills through formal qualifications and a Jobs Brokerage Service. This service assists learners with the job finding process, helping with interview techniques and connecting learners with the 75 per cent of jobs that are not publicly advertised.  Launched in January 2012, REED NCFE has successfully helped thousands of young people into full-time, part-time and apprenticeship roles.

For more information on The REED NCFE Partnership, please visit www.reed-ncfe.org.uk

Press release provided by REED NCFE