A NEW partnership has given college students a head start in their search for employment.
Reed NCFE Partnership has joined up with Highbury College to hold an employment day.
It offers a flexible solution for colleges looking to support their students from learning into work.
The students were offered exclusive access to local businesses and their employers and jobs which are rarely advertised in the public.
During the day, 19 employers met the students and presented them with apprenticeships and work experience.
They also offered full-time and part-time jobs.
Paul Gerrard, consultant at Adecco said: ‘We met some excellent candidates who we will be in touch with about our vacancies.’
The team from Reed NCFE have been working with the students to make sure they have the skills needed for when they start work.
Students are trained to understand how the world of work operates including how to think and behave in a work environment and improve their interview skills.
They are also given careers advice and access to the hidden jobs market in their area.
A-level student Lauren Anderson said: ‘I came to the careers fair because I am looking for some part-time work.
‘I wanted to get an idea of what I might do in the future.
‘I am particularly interested in working in youth offending and it’s been interesting to find out the different routes for my chosen career.’
With youth unemployment still hovering around the one million mark, Highbury College’s partnership with Reed NCFE makes sure its students have access to jobs and that they are see by employers as the best candidates.
Nick Hughes, senior operations manager for Reed NCFE, said: ‘This event was a great success with two students getting work and others getting interviews.
‘Since the launch of the service in January 2012, we have seen an average of 200 live vacancies each month.’