Lincolnshire college students making themselves more employable

Danny Neagle, from Just Car Clinics, holds a mock interview with student Courteney Pilkiw during North Lindsey College's employability week
Danny Neagle, from Just Car Clinics, holds a mock interview with student Courteney Pilkiw during North Lindsey College's employability week

Employability Week at North Lindsey College in Lincolnshire helped ensure students were prepared for the working environments they are trained for.

Studies have shown that good employer support really helps students prepare for that next step in the career development.

Support on preparing a CV, how to job search and the opportunity to visit the higher education employability fair, was also available.

Forest Pines, Ongo, Baths Hall, Golden Wonder, Job Centre and Just Car Clinics were just a few employers who took part in the week.

Danny Neagle, from Just Car Clinics, commented, “It’s a good opportunity to give students realistic experience on how things are practised in the workplace.”

Dillon Crabtree was interviewed by the Maureen Mathieson, organisation development manager, and Lauren Robinson, HR assistant, at Ongo.

Dillon is enrolled on the HGV Academy and has already had the opportunity to experience work placement and be in the working environment he is training for.

He said: “I feel the mock interview went okay.

“I was prepared and did some research with the company before.

“My interview lasted nearly half an hour so it was a good exercise and I will be able to take on board the comments received from the feedback.”

Mrs Mathison added: “It is a great opportunity to support local schools and colleges in the area helping students prepare for entering the workplace and improve their employability skills.

“Initially the students are nervous but they do find it beneficial to them.

“It also helps us understand employees and share our knowledge of skills and help strengthen the link between North Lindsey College and local businesses.”

North Lindsey College has strong employer links, working with more than 600 companies each year.

The Scunthorpe-based college aims to improve students’ employability skills helps improve their skills for when they are seeking work or university interviews.