Learners ready for world of work

Improving employability skills was on the agenda for New College Stamford learners who took part in a programme called Prepare for Work.

Developed by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the free programme delivers employability-focused activities to students to raise awareness of entrepreneurship and self-employment.

Sessions focused on topics including CVs and interviews as well as identifying and demonstrating personal strengths during the recruitment process.

Students also learned about the steps to be taken when starting a business and have had the opportunity to enter their business ideas in a national Built for Business enterprise competition.

Sarah Young, director of learning at New College Stamford, said: “The programme is a great initiative, which allows us to deliver high quality employability-themed activities in a way that creates a real buzz in the college and maximises student learning.”

Main pic: A-level biology students taking part in Prepare for Work. From left: Imogen Breen, aged 18, paramedic and former student Thomas Giddings, 22, Gemma Hall, Chantelle Brooks and Niall Graham, all three 18