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Success at college’s launch of Developing Young Professionals

This week we were proud to launch our Employability Strategy ‘Developing Young Professionals’ to an invited audience including employers, representatives from local Universities, WQE staff and students.  We were also delighted to welcome back five ex students who have been successful in securing  Apprenticeships at Mattioli Woods.

The strategy has been developed with input from our staff and also our Enterprise Adviser Mark Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Mattioli Woods.

It outlines a whole College approach to ensuring that as well as gaining the best academic qualifications they can, our students are also given the opportunity to develop the employability skills they need to succeed, either at University or through an Apprenticeship or other opportunity.  We will work together to enable our students to become young professionals through five strands of activity

  • Embedding employability across the curriculum
  • Developing Young Professionals – our brand and framework
  • Work experience and work related learning
  • A centralised programme of careers activities for example Careers Fairs, mock interview and CV sessions
  • Working with students to ensure they are able to understand the skills they have developed and are able to articulate them

The work is underpinned by our Employer Engagement strategy, our Careers Service, the Enterprise Adviser network and the provision of labour market information to both staff and students.

The launch event was also a chance for us to invite employers to engage with the College in a number of ways, including by becoming part of the WQE Business Network – a group of local businesses who will develop and shape this work going forward.

We are looking forward to working with employers and other partners to ensure that our students become young professionals.

If you are an employer and are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved, contact Kate O’Farrell, Careers Education Manager on or call 01162472982

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