Preparing Ilkeston students for the world of work

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Students from Derby College in Ilkeston are being given the opportunity to improve their employability skills as part of a new programme designed to help 100,000 further education college students maximise their chances of securing and maintaining employment.

Prepare for Work is a free programme that covers the financial aspects of employment and raises awareness of entrepreneurship and self-employment.

It enables students to learn about key skills that employers have identified as lacking in candidates.

Sessions have focused on topics including CVs and interviews as well as identifying and demonstrating personal strengths during the recruitment process. Students have also learnt about the steps to be taken when starting a business and have had the opportunity to enter their business ideas in a national Built for Business enterprise competition.

Louise Curd, director of enterprise and innovation at the college, said: “It’s a great initiative, which allows us to deliver high-quality, employability-themed activities in a way that creates a real buzz in the college and maximises student learning.”