The College is committed to supporting you in your progression onto employment or other training opportunities by helping to develop the skills that you will need. The best candidates for any post or job are able to demonstrate a range of skills and experiences and so we strongly encourage you to undertake a range of Professional Development Activities during your time at College. This may be in the form of part-time employment, volunteering, work experience or internships.
We have forged strong links with employers who offer mock interviews and CV workshops and attend the annual Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair. Solihull Life Ready – the Careers & Enterprise Company in Solihull – has supported the work of our Employability team in terms of planning the mentoring links and advice on a range of employers that we work with.
We have also developed a proactive and inspiring programme for students seeking apprenticeships or gap year options with dynamic and interactive sessions delivered by employers, with interesting case studies and scenarios such as Grant Thornton; Expeditors; Ernst and Young; KPMG; PwC. Students also set up and register their own accounts on the vacancy sites that list vacancies for college leavers.
How do I access Career Readiness support?
Employability and Careers Coordinators will guide, support and encourage you to undertake Professional Development Activities – Moodle has a wealth of resources and information for you to access. There is a booking system for 1-1 advice in place in the LRC. You will also receive support though the College’s pastoral programme led by your Academic Coach.
One of the main ways to develop employability skills is through A-level or BTEC courses. Your teachers will plan activities that develop core skills such as decision-making, time management, confidence building, effective communication and how to use reflection tools to help you think critically about your own progress. Each curriculum area will offer other opportunities such as attending masterclasses and talks from a range of visiting speakers.