Sunderland College creates ‘Job Zone’ to help students find work

Anne Isherwood, principal at Sunderland College, with Alasdair Downes, executive director of REED NCFE.

Anne Isherwood, principal at Sunderland College, with Alasdair Downes, executive director of REED NCFE.

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A NEW partnership will give students at Sunderland College a head start in their search for employment.

REED NCFE Partnership has joined forces with the college to create a Job Zone to 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 also source jobs for those who want part time work while 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 per cent put the workplace ‘mind-set’ element ahead of skillset, as something they look for when recruiting and a study of 30,000 CVs found that demonstrating a workplace mind-set on a CV tripled the chances of getting and keeping the best jobs.

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.”

The REED NCFE Partnership was launched in January 2012.