Students at Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education are taking part in an exciting week of activities designed to ready them with essential skills for future careers.
The structure and the design of the Study Programme at Macclesfield College has been created to ensure that learners have a good opportunity to develop employability skills to prepare them better for the world of work. Alongside multiple opportunities within the curriculum delivery for quality work-related learning and enrichment, the academic year plan has been designed to allow for an Industry Focus Week.
Industry Focus Week takes place week commencing 7th March 2016 and is where mainly 16-18 Study Programme learners will be involved in exciting and purposeful additional work-related learning experience and activities. The College has a range of exciting activities and opportunities planned for learners, including:
Industry guest speakers and the College's employer sponsors who will be imparting their valuable knowledge
Educational visits to industries
Employability skills sessions including CV writing, mock interviews etc.
Skills demonstrations by experts in the field
Entrepreneurship Dragons’ Den panels to develop team-working, problem solving and decision making skills
University Open Day visits
Value adding sessions to better prepare the learners through gaining additional skills and potentially giving unique selling points to their portfolios
Alumni students who will explain their journey from their previous studies to their successful careers now
Innovative sessions run by MMU and the College to further develop the learners’ English and maths skills
Barclays Life Skills sessions
Learners will be working on ‘live’ internal and external briefs to put into practice some of the knowledge already gained in order to build their portfolios/CVs with actual experience and gain references to support them in their future careers - the College's Art and Design students recently helped to stage the Sound (Track) art exhibition at Charles Roe House in association with Incubation Arts.
Some learners will be working in commercial Realistic Working Environments with clients to apply and showcase their skills
Some learners who intend to progress into employment at the end of the academic year will be completing organised external work-based placements during Industry Focus Week and throughout the academic year to gain real insight into the world of work and complete a meaningful project.