Career Headstart for 120 Local Students

21 Aug 2018

Published in: Member News

Students with representatives from EmployabilityUK Coventry Building Society and the MayorNine schools across Coventry and Warwickshire are celebrating after 120 students completed an educational charity-led skills course.

EmployabilityUK, a charity which works to facilitate employer engagement and enhance the opportunities and career prospects for enthusiastic young people, is working in partnership with Coventry Building Society to provide Year 12 students with an annual programme that aims to develop the skills they require in today's world of work.

"This is the third year our award-winning programme has run in partnership with Coventry Building Society, and once again it's proven to be a huge success. In today's world, whilst qualifications are often necessary, experience is becoming more and more demanded by employers and so this programme aims to give pupils a real insight into what happens in the workplace, as well as the many different routes available to them." Explains Diane Vernon, Founder and Chief Executive of EmployabilityUK.

At the final event of this year, students got involved in communication and teamwork sessions at Coventry University, before being set the task of networking with more than 50 volunteers from Coventry Building Society, other local businesses, representatives from EmployabilityUK, and the Mayor of Coventry, John Blundell.

"There is a strong focus throughout the programme on building students' confidence and interpersonal skills so that they can really stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for jobs and meeting people. Combined with the practical experience available across a variety of sectors, the programme was developed to inspire students and instil them with the ability to confidently take those first steps out of education and into the workplace."

Leanne Stanley, Community Specialist at Coventry Building Society said "Our work with EmployabilityUK is something we are hugely proud of, and with 330 students completing the programme since its launch three years ago, this year was undoubtedly the best year yet! We are very excited to be a part of this initiative and look forward to working with EmployabilityUK and future students to develop these valuable career skills over the months and years to come."

EmployabilityUK is a West Midlands-based charity that is committed to enhancing educational programmes offered by schools and colleges, and building lasting partnerships between students, the education sector and businesses across the region and beyond.

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