Students at Macclesfield College recently participated in an Employment Readiness Program. It was put in place in association with the Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce, to give students an opportunity to develop much sought after employability skills with the support of key businesses such as Barclays, Royles Group PLC, Cheshire Peaks and Plains and Everybody Sport.
While at Barclays the students had an Apprentice type task in which they had to come up with an App design for children’s personal banking - after coming up with the initial idea the students then pitched their idea to the team at Barclays. The team with the winning design were awarded goodie bags! It was beneficial as the employability skills that were gained and developed include; problem solving; decision making; initiative; teamwork; communication; creative thinking and self-management.
Cheshire Peaks and Plains had provided the students with an extremely useful session on CV writing and interview skills. The students all had to produce CVs to a high standard and take part in mock interview activities. Key employability skills that were developed include self-management; initiative and communication. In addition to this, the students came away with built self-esteem and with knowledge of how to present themselves before and during an interview situation. This was excellent preparation for their future careers.
Everybody Sport and Leisure was a great experience. It was useful to see how their company go about recruiting and the activities they use! This gave the students a chance to see where their skills need developing and how they were going to do that.
Royles Group PLC asked the students to do a sales pitch about how they would get executives to drive their cars; this was a very beneficial task to do as it allowed the students to think of creative ways to deliver the pitch. It granted them the time to develop on their speaking skills as very few of the students before the program would have had the confidence to stand up and deliver a persuasive pitch.
100 percent of the students who participated are pleased they did, when asked what they would say to another young person thinking about undertaking the program. One of the students Daniel Coppen said, “I would recommend them to do this programme, as I feel it has boosted my self-confidence. It has also aided my communication skills.”
Another student Jade Cook commented, “The programme was really worth it and such an amazing opportunity.” Emily Boase was also a student on the programme, she said “It was great to have the opportunity to include it on my CV and it really help with interview techniques.”
Chantelle Dewberry, Head of 14-19 Vocational Curriculum at Macclesfield College commented, “Overall the Programme was a great success; the students have been given a fantastic opportunity to allow them to significantly develop key employability and business skills in real industry recruitment situations. This experience will most certainly assist the young people to achieve their next steps in their future careers.”
Trevor Langston, leading the programme with the Chamber said “The young people did a great job and really showed their potential. It was good to hear the businesses keen to run an event next year and use it as a chance to talent spot for the next generation of employees.”
Since the start of the programme representatives from businesses, Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce, the College, all of the schools and the local authority have met and agreed to establish a Macclesfield pledge with the vision of providing more opportunities for young people to develop their employability working closely with businesses in the area. More details will follow shortly. Any businesses interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Trevor Langston on 07595 496400.