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Posted: 27/06/16

Moving on, moving up

West Nottinghamshire College has staged a series of events for students with their progression and future careers in mind.

Vision Apprentices advisor Laura Brown gives IT software development student Jared Eaton advice about apprenticeships

The college’s Vision Apprentices team, its careers and higher education teams, recruitment agencies, JobCentre Plus and the armed forces joined local employers looking to recruit new employees at three separate events designed to support students seeking full-time employment, apprenticeships or making career choices.

On Tuesday, (21 June) Vision Apprentices – the college’s apprenticeship training agency – showcased their variety of apprenticeship roles in the area which included live vacancies for roles in administration, IT, manufacturing, social media, teaching and hairdressing.

Students also had the opportunity to speak to advisors from JobCentre Plus about their universal job match service which helps candidates search for new job vacancies while putting their CV online for potential employers to see.

The event was one of a series to be staged at various college campuses throughout June to help them make choices and decide their options of what to do after college.  These included sessions at the college’s construction and engineering centres in the previous week attended by employers including Goodmans Metals, Clarke Engineering, EMS Ltd, Woodhead Builders, Tomlinsons and Linney Group who spoke about current job vacancies.

Events have taken place across all college campuses, to enable each curriculum area to have access to advice and guidance.

A separate event at Vision Apprentices’ Nottingham training centre, on Canal Street, promoted apprenticeship vacancies in the city.

In total, the events saw 170 students use the sessions to gather advice and information to help to inform their next decisions.

Student advice and progression manager, Maxine Buttery, said: “The advice fairs have been a great source of information for those students feeling undecided about their next steps as their studies come to an end.

“While the majority of students due to leave us are either going to university, employment or an apprenticeship, some need additional guidance to help them make the right decision.

“We were delighted to host a range of partner organisations and employers into college to support learners with their decision-making and show them that there are a wide range of options that they can pursue.”

James Godsell, head of business development, said: “We welcomed everybody from small local businesses to national companies who met with potential applicants and gave advice on apprenticeships and where this route can take them.

“Vision Apprentices currently offers over 50 apprenticeships from intermediate to degree-level and the first steps start with meeting the right employer to invest in you.”