Students get a head start in finding jobs

Julie Mills
Julie Mills

A SPECIAL ‘Job Shop’ will open at MK College to help students find their way into work.

Teaming up with the Reed NCFE Partnership, college students will be able to get a head-start in finding employment by casting their eyes over vacancies which are rarely advertised to the general public.

While the college already provides young people with the skills they need to be effective in their chosen careers, the scheme will help them understand how the world of work operates.

Students will be taught how to think and behave in the work environment – in a recent survey of 1,264 employers conducted by REED, 97 per cent put this mindset element ahead of skills as something they look for when recruiting.

In a further study of 30,000 CVs, REED found that demonstrating a firm mindset on your CV ‘tripled your chances of getting and keeping’ the best jobs.

Milton Keynes College principal and chief executive Dr Julie Mills said: “Helping our students compete successfully in the workplace is one of our most important jobs, and the relationship with REED NCFE is a fantastic opportunity to help our young people find work and provide top class recruits for local business.

“We will save local business time and effort by helping directly with their recruitment processes, fitting round pegs into round holes which will be good for them and a terrific head start in work for our students.”

Nick Hughes, senior operations manager for REED NCFE, said: “Since the launch of the partnership in January at Bournemouth and Poole College, the service has had an average of 160 live vacancies each month. We hope and expect the same success for Milton Keynes.”