Situated in the Lamorna building at Penwith College, a new Job Shop facility has launched funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Ambitions project will be a widely accessible resource for all students to gain careers guidance, view employment and work placement opportunities and access one-to-one help with CV writing, interview skills and application forms.
The Ambitions project as a whole has been allocated £3.8 million from the European Social Fund to support and inspire 15-24 year olds across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. CSW Group are leading this partnership project and Truro and Penwith College participants will also be able to access support from other delivery organisations including Cornwall Council, Cornwall College, RIO and the Learning Partnership’s delivery organisations.
Truro and Penwith College is focusing its activities on students on Level 2 programmes who are at risk of becoming NEET and is offering careers and employability support to help them to complete their studies and make a successful transition into employment or further learning. The College will be offering a rolling programme of support until at least July 2020 and is on track to assist nearly 300 young people during that time span.
Building on the success of the Job Shop model that was developed on the Truro campus by Julian Roberts, with investment from the ESF Ambitions project Truro and Penwith College has been able to resource and staff a new Job Shop facility at the Penwith campus. This will help the College to achieve the objective set out in the 2016-2020 Cornwall Careers Offer to ‘improve the quality and consistency of careers education and advice for all young people.’
Through the Job Shop, students will be able to drop in and access one-to-one support with employability skills, such as CV writing and interview skills, and assistance with searching for work placements or part-time roles to complement their studies or for Apprenticeship and full-time employment opportunities to access at the conclusion of their current programme.
Gemma Pople, Ambitions Contract Manager said, ““I am excited to see the Penwith Job Shop now officially launched. The Ambitions team at the college have a range of fantastic support on offer to enable disadvantaged students to explore their options beyond college whilst providing them with opportunities which will help build upon important life and work skills. We are delighted to have Truro and Penwith College as partners with us on the Ambitions project”.
The College invites local employers to get involved by sharing information about paid or voluntary vacancies that the team could promote to its students. If any businesses could also help with running mock interviews or providing feedback on common challenges or mistakes then that would be hugely helpful so that the College can fully prepare its students for their first step into the world of work.
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