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Sunderland College launches Job Zone to help students into employment

Principal of Sunderland College, Anne Isherwood and executive director at REED NCFE, Alasdair Downes

Students at Sunderland College have been given a head start in their search for employment thanks to an innovative new collaboration with the REED NCFE Partnership.

The REED NCFE jobs brokerage team will offer students exclusive access to local vacancies and jobs that are rarely publicly advertised.

They will also receive tailored training in the specific skills they need for these jobs, to ensure maximum employability once they have completed their studies at college.

The team will be based at both Bede and Hylton campuses from September onwards and will work with local employers to source full-time positions and apprenticeships for those students wanting to progress into employment on completion of their courses.

In addition, the team will also source jobs for students who want part time work whilst studying.

Students will be trained to understand how the world of work operates, will be taught how to think and behave in a work environment, improve their interview skills and will be given careers advice and work experience.

In a recent survey of 1,264 employers conducted by REED, 97% put the workplace ‘mind-set’ element ahead of skillset, as something they look for when recruiting.

In a further study of 30,000 CVs (comparing successful CVs against unsuccessful ones), REED found that demonstrating a workplace mind-set on a CV “tripled your chances of getting and keeping” the best jobs.

The REED NCFE ‘Job Zone’ and tailored training is designed around this concept.

Anne Isherwood, principal of Sunderland College, said: “As a college, we are totally committed to helping our students into the workplace and our collaboration with REED NCFE strengthens our offering. The service will help students find either part time or full time work as well as providing training support and careers advice so that Sunderland College students enter the work place equipped with the right mind-set.”

Alasdair Downes, executive director at REED NCFE, said: “Since the launch of the partnership in January 2012 at Bournemouth and Poole College, the service there has had an average of 200 live vacancies each month, placing thousands of students in employment at the end of their college courses. We hope and expect the same success for Sunderland College.”

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