Tresham College has received top marks for helping to guide students into careers. Competing against a huge number of entries, the College was announced winner of the National Careers Week Case Study Competition 2018.
Tresham College took first place based on the originality of its plan and how it addressed the needs of students. Over 95% of students that attended the event rated the sessions as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. Tresham College’s guideline for Careers Week will now be held up as an example of good practice for the future.
Student Service Careers Advisor Naj Mistry is proud of his team’s achievement:
National Careers Week is about helping students gain employability skills and develop their progression route into the future. We created a menu of sessions for students to choose from including interview skills, creating a CV and information about apprenticeships.
“We introduced quick-fire mini interviews this year, helping our students to think on their feet under pressure. Plus we focused on communication skills and IT for presentations.”
National Careers Week (NCW) is a nationwide scheme, aiming to provide careers guidance at an important stage in the academic timetable. This year the week ran from 5th March.
As winners of the NCW Case Study Competition, Tresham College has won £250 worth of educational resources supplied by Prospects Education Ltd.
Tresham College holds the Matrix standard for the quality of its information, advice and guidance (IAG) service, ensuring that students receive impartial advice and guidance whilst at College to help them to make the best decisions for the future and supporting them to achieve their full potential.
Applied Science Lecturer Natalie Vernon-Dier described the event: “Insightful, engaging and interesting sessions to equip my learners with the knowledge and experience to succeed at interviews”.
Personal Development Coach Sam Scott commented: “It was great to get the students on their feet looking for clues in places they hadn’t been before! They now know where student services are based in Corby!”
Sunnie Sian, Lecturer for Health and Social Care said: “The sessions have been extremely beneficial in supporting first year learners especially. Sessions have been led by competent and well prepared staff who clearly know the subject area.”
Emma Brown, Personal Development Coach added: “I found the sessions to be informative and relevant. I found you build a rapport quickly with the learners and your sessions were interactive. I enjoyed the careers seminar and felt there were a variety of options available for learners to engage with.
I think the students who took part in the quiz found it useful to be able to move around the college and found the prize incentive to be attractive.”
Tresham College is part of The Bedford College Group since a merger in August 2017 and so is now the No 1 work-related training provider in the region.
The Student Services Team at Tresham College
Left of board : Naj Mistry, Student Service Careers Advisor (far left), Carly Tyrrell, Student Service Careers Advisor (bottom) and Fiona Phillip, Director of Student Services (top).
Right of board: Gillian Adams, College Works Liaison Officer (top left), Natalie Alders, Work Placement Coordinator (top right), Karen Thomas Work Placement Coordinator (bottom left) and Simone Newman, Student Services Team Leader (bottom right).