Employability Week at college

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Employability Week at college

06 October 2014

The Study Support team at Bracknell & Wokingham College recently spent a week helping students to understand and develop their employability skills.

The term ‘Employability skills’ refers to the key skills which employers look for when recruiting young people including recognising value for money, teamwork, self-discipline, punctuality and effective communication. By improving these skills young people can also improve their chances of finding a job.

The Study Support team offered a number of activities to develop these skills. They gave guidance on how to develop their CVs, how to analyse their personal skills to search for appropriate jobs and on how to write effective covering letters when applying for these jobs.

Students were also able to explore the National Careers website and BBC Skillswise job skills. The Study Support team worked with the students to develop their vocabulary and understanding of the key terms used on such sites and in employer job descriptions.

Sessions were also offered for students who wanted to develop their numeracy skills where they learnt about salary, tax and National Insurance and calculated personal budgets. Those without jobs looked at what hours they might be available for work, how much they might earn and what they might do with the money. 

Sarah Jarvis, Study Support Maths tutor, said:

“The students found this to be a very helpful and useful exercise as they could see an immediate reason and application for what we were doing and discussing.”

The college is fully committed to helping students improve their employability skills and this event follows on from last years ‘Work Ready’ project where college media students worked with local employers to create a DVD to get the message across to young people about improving their employability. This DVD has received praise from the Prime Minister David Cameron and local MP Dr Phillip Lee and is now being used in schools throughout the area.

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