Providing students with employability related opportunities is integral to student life at Harrow College. We work with a number of partners and businesses who are experts in career planning.
As a result, students participate in many activities to help build their confidence and encourage them to prepare for life after leaving Harrow College. Here’s a sample of what students have enjoyed this year and what new students can look forward to:
The Careers team continue to deliver employability sessions for specific curriculum areas.
These engaging sessions aim to broaden the student’s knowledge of the range of possible career and learning opportunities open to them, as well as helping to develop their confidence and networking skills which are vital for today’s job market. These activities also Inspire and motivate the students to succeed in their chosen careers and hopefully prompt further research.
Following the success of stage 1 with Working Knowledge where circa 70 business volunteers delivered sessions to students on the importance of networking, stage 2 is now in progress. All subject areas can look forward to welcoming over 50 business volunteers, who will bring real life industry experience and every day professional challenges into the college environment.
Working Knowledge are social enterprise education specialists who are passionate about creating chances for young people to open doors into employment whilst changing employer's perceptions of the value of young people in industry.
Wider employment related activity with Raw Talent
Raw Talent have again used their recruitment process to select students to undertake their employability academy programme with former BBC Apprentice winner Lee McQueen. Activities on this programme cover lots of areas – from CV writing and interview technique to effective communication and industry visits.
Raw Talent are also running sessions for Level 3 students around creating a “Brand YOU” where students will understand what a personal brand is, and the importance of having/maintaining one. The sessions will help students to build a CV with limited experience, giving them the confidence to sell themselves and not just their work experience.
In addition, Raw Talent staff will be delivering ‘Power Hour’ tutorial sessions in the summer term focused on employability.
Work experience opportunity for all students
Our dedicated Work Experience Partners team have been busy sourcing work placements for the majority of our students. Each curriculum area plan dates throughout the year for students to go out on placement – usually for one week however often leading to extended placements.