Students Prepare for the World of Work

Date: 20/06/2011

Students from Dearne Valley College (DVC) have been prepared for entering the world of work thanks to a week of advice and guidance.

The Wath based college hosted Employability and Careers Week to ensure its students are prepared for what is expected of them when applying for jobs.

Various activities took place during the week to include an Employers Question Time panel.  The college invited local employers to answer questions from students about recruitment. Students heard firsthand what employers look for in an applicant’s CV and picked up hints and tips for when applying for jobs.

Question Time panel members included representatives from; Barnsley Metrodome, Rotherham Youth Enterprise, Hays Recruitment, Barnsley Care Ambassadors, DVC Human Resources, Biz ICT, Doncaster Council and DVC Sports.

Volunteerism Day gave students the chance to learn about volunteering opportunities and the positives from volunteering.  Agencies that took part in this event included; Barnsley Metrodome, South Yorkshire Police Cadets, South Yorkshire Police Specials, Voluntary Action Rotherham, RSPB, Rotherham Samaritans, High Hopes Riding for the Disabled and Dearne Valley Special Olympics.

Local Artist, Brian Nelson of Encaustic Art Plus, offered workshops to Art and Design and Skillbase students where he shared his experience and techniques and allowed the students to try their hand at his craft.

Job clubs offering:  CV writing skills workshops, job search techniques, mock interviews, and tips for filling in job application forms and careers advice were also available for students during extended hours.

Guest speakers from Barnsley Care Ambassador’s, Rotherham Youth Enterprise, Hays Recruitment and Young Enterprise were available throughout the week to speak with students about employment opportunities and self employment possibilities.

Sessions on further and Higher Education (HE) were also arranged with the college’s own Career Advisors to discuss progression routes.

Laura Schofield, DVC Careers Advisor commented:

“The goal of Employability and Careers Week was to familiarise students with varying careers and to assist them with all aspects of the recruitment process. The sessions were intended to help prepare them for progression from education to employment. I would like to thank the employers and organisations who participated in Employability and Careers week for sharing their expertise with our students.”

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