Filton College are celebrating after their new Suited, Booted, Recruited course proved a roaring success.

Young people, who were not in education, employment or training, were given the opportunity to undertake the course to enhance their employability.

The two week intensive programme that commenced on 10th October 2011 was designed to enable 16-18 year olds to stand out and get noticed by potential employers. The course was a huge success and recruited more than 100 young people.

The students studied a wide range of subjects, including; manual handling, food hygiene and customer service. It incorporated softer skills which are so important in the workplace, such as timekeeping and clear communication, whilst also integrating the necessary skills needed at interview, including; CV writing and how to sell yourself.

Former World Boxing Champion, Glenn Catley was pivotal on the programme delivering motivational and relaxation techniques, as well as great inspiration to the learners on the course. The finale of the course was an employment event where the students were kitted out with a new suit courtesy of ASDA, ready for interviews with local employers which took place on the last day.

As a result a total of 13 students were offered jobs on the day and many more are still waiting to hear back. Sara-Jane Watkins, Vice Principal said: “I am absolutely over the moon with how the course went. It was such an emotional event seeing learners being interviewed and I am thrilled that 13 jobs have been offered today.”

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