Reed has teamed up with national awarding organisation, NCFE, to set-up an Employment Brokerage Team, accessible to students across its three main sites in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock to help them secure work with a range of local employers.
Students at level 2 and level 3, who have good attendance and are hitting deadlines, will have access to vacancies which are rarely publicly advertised and will also receive tailored training in the skills they need to win these hidden jobs such CV preparation, application and interview skills.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive of the College, said: “We all know how difficult the job market is at the moment. We are constantly hearing news about the number of young people who can’t find work or aren’t given opportunities.
“Our vocational courses help to prepare students for working in their chosen industry but now we are giving them a further boost by helping them find jobs in their chosen areas. We want our students to not just be a success at College but also when they leave us as well. By giving students this head start we can help make a difference for them with the help and expertise of Reed NCFE.”
The College understands that for students and parents the right college isn’t just about the right course and environment – for many it is also about helping them get a job at the end of it. This partnership with Reed NCFE will help South Essex College achieve that better than ever before.
And the great thing about the Reed NCFE partnership is that it will also help students gain work and relevant work placements, as Angela explained.
“We’ll also be supporting South Essex College students throughout their College life, finding them work experience to complement their studies, and helping them to find part time jobs. We are really looking forward to working with students across Basildon, Southend and Thurrock – helping them through their studies and giving them that extra lift to where they want to be career wise.”
Nick Hughes, Senior Operations Manager for Reed NCFE, said: “We firmly believe that the Reed NCFE initiative is the right solution to address the potential 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 200 live vacancies each month, placing a huge number of students in employment at the end of their college courses. We hope and expect the same success for South Essex College.”
South Essex College is the only College in south Essex to boast of this partnership with Reed NCFE. And it’s something that is already getting students excited.
Angela O’Donoghue concluded: “We are dedicated to making sure our students go further and this partnership will ensure that an even greater number of students leave with their required qualifications and a solid route into employment.”