Students have been given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their employability with a week devoted to getting a head start in the job market.
Employability Week at Bath College included several exciting events to give students the skills that employers want – and to teach them how to prove they have them.
Students from all subject areas were given valuable tips and advice for personal development. This included CV writing, interview tips, and learning what employers want from students.
The Employability Passport Scheme was also launched to encourage students to build up employability skills and earn bronze, silver or gold passports. The passports aim to get students’ careers ‘off to a flying start.’
The event was part of Bath College’s commitment to preparing students for the world of employment. Staff work hard to ensure students have the work-ready skills to match the demand from the local labour market.
A highlight of Employability Week was the Dress To Impress Competition to promote the importance of suitable interview outfits.
Students had no more than an hour to make their interview clothing selection from Next in Southgate, Bath, then present their chosen outfit to a panel of judges.
They could pick whatever clothes they wanted, including shoes and accessories, for a fictional job vacancy as a PR/Social Media Co-ordinator at a large fashion company.
Level 3 Travel and Tourism student Ellen Samikwa was chosen as the winner for her blue skirt suit selection and matching shoes. She won a £100 Next voucher.
Ellen, 18, said: “It was great; we could pick out anything we wanted to wear.
“I went for something tailored, something that would help me stand out and make a good first impression.”
Employability Week was organised and run by Apprentice Emma Datson, Careers and Employability Manager Louise Croft and the College’s careers advisors.
Emma said they wanted to give students the chance to gain the essential skills and experiences to make them stand out from the crowd.
She said: “The students have been very positive about raising their employability skills.
“They joined in with all the activities and events knowing that they will ultimately help to boost their careers.”
The College’s first Employability Week was such a success that it is expected to become an annual event.