Redbridge College students benefitted from a range of interactive activities during the Prepare for Work Programme week such as tutorials, classroom and lunch time activities.
Prepare for Work is a new programme designed to help further education college students in the UK improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment. It addresses the lack of awareness and understanding of the competencies and behaviours employers seek and helps students develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the recruitment process.
The week kicked-off with a “Top Tips” competition where students were asked to give their top interview tips. Winning a £20 voucher each, Saaleha Ali, Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, submitted the best tip on giving the best first impression while Jaskiran Boghal, Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Health And Social Care, shared the best tip on how to calm interview nerves.
On Tuesday, Career Academy students ran a Treasure Hunt with the aim of finding the missing “skill” that employers look for in potential employees. Four teams of 5 members each participated in the activity, searching for 13 clues in seven locations around the college. Team Science, (Sarah Hassan, Maureen Muiriri, Wilson Silva, Whitney Ntambi and Elidona Cera), was the only team who was able to guess the missing “skill” (INTERPERSONAL) winning a £50 voucher.
Wednesday was the much-awaited Dress to Impress for Less Fashion Show in REDS where eight students from different curriculum areas did a catwalk in REDs and presented their interview outfits. Each student was given a £20 budget to purchase an outfit suitable for interview. Amira Bensedira, Level 2 Certificate in Progression, won unanimously for showing that interview outfits need not be expensive. She was able to purchase a whole outfit – trousers , top, vest, shoes, bag and earrings for a total of just £19.30!
To further help students with their interview skills, a quiz on “Are you interview ready?” was conducted in REDs on Thursday where 15 students answered the questions correctly and were again rewarded with prizes.
In addition to the week-long activities, tutors across college, as well as our Careers Advisers, delivered employability-related tutorials such as “What Employers Want”, “Assessment and Interviews” and “Standing out from the Crowd”. The Careers Advisers also offered drop in sessions for CV Reviews in the Brook Centre. Career Academy students were also trained to deliver sessions on social media, employability skills and different types of careers.
“It has been a successful week. Students clearly benefited from the tutorials and activities and enjoyed them as well. We look forward to doing this again next year,” Siobhan Clouter, Student Engagement Services Manager added.