Students into Work

Stoke on Trent College – helping students into work

Hundreds of students at Stoke on Trent College will be given a fast track to valuable employment opportunities thanks to a ground breaking partnership with REED NCFE.

Recruitment giant REED has teamed up with national warding Organisation NCFE to support students from Stoke on Trent College into the local and regional jobs market.

The Partnership will target the hidden jobs (research suggests as many as 75% of vacancies are not advertised), ring-fencing roles specifically for students of Stoke on Trent College  The service will also include an onsite employment hub where students will become fully prepared for the world of work, and matched to secure long term employment opportunities.

The aim of the REED NCFE Partnership is to place Stoke on Trent College at the heart of the jobs market, positioning it not just as a place of skills and training, but as a focused and effective recruitment centre for the local business sector.

One of the key areas that the service focuses on is the candidate’s attitude. There is clear evidence that if learners have the correct attitude, they are more attractive to employers. In a recent survey of 1,264 employers conducted by REED, 97% put mindset ahead of skillset when recruiting. In a further study of 30,000 CVs, REED found that demonstrating your attitude in action on your CV tripled your chances of getting and keeping the best job.

The model that REED NCFE has developed provides learners with practical Job Search and Interview Skills. This can be further reinforced by a tailored service offering employment consultation, job brokerage, careers advice and work experience and paid work placements.

Sarah Robinson OBE, Principal at Stoke on Trent College, said:

“We are addressing the challenges brought about by unemployment head-on.  This is a ground breaking initiative which will deliver a pool of talented, motivated and qualified students with key workplace skills to businesses.  Employers can come and see what this unique system offers and discover the real potential of our students.”

The Partnership has signed a two year deal with the college, supporting students from a wide range of subject areas into industry and jobs in the area.

Nick Hughes, Senior Operations Manager for the Partnership, said:

“We firmly believe that the REED NCFE initiative is the right solution to address the apparent disconnect between employers and colleges. Since the launch of the partnership in January at Bournemouth and Poole College, the service has had an average of 160 live vacancies each month, placing over 500 students in employment at the end of their college courses. We hope and expect the same success for Stoke on Trent College.”

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