We have excellent facilities in place to support you in the planning of your future career, whether this involves higher education, an apprenticeship or employment. Our focus is always on your ‘end’ destination and ambitions. This means guiding you towards your long term goal, rather than just what suits you right now.
We make sure that you have the opportunity to:
- gain the skills and attributes needed to progress in the workplace
- maximise your career opportunities and earning potential
- align your courses and qualifications with your future career goals.
We take a holistic approach to careers advice. This involves a blend of 1:1 career advice appointments, higher education events, careers and apprenticeships events, work placements, trips to universities, skills development workshops, links to industry and business and much more. We will help you to reflect on what motivates and energises you, ensuring you excel in your future career.
Careers events and workshops
We organise numerous events throughout the year to help you make informed decisions about your future. These include:
- Industry Week – local and national employers visit the college
- Employability Conference – Barclays LifeSkills workshops and 1:1 mock interviews with employers
- National Apprenticeship Week activities
- Careers Fairs
Career development programmes
As part of our extensive enrichment activity offering, students can take part in the National Apprenticeship and Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes. We also encourage students to pursue the Social Enterprise programme and work with Unloc. Both help students develop their entrepreneurial, presentation and interview skills.
University links and UCAS application support
We work closely alongside local universities (including Southampton, Surrey, Solent, Winchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Chichester), as well as ‘IntoUniversity’, to help our students from all walks of life to achieve their goals.
Help with university applications is available throughout the year and we have an excellent record for supporting students’ progression to highly selective universities. Whilst nationally UCAS applications for 2017 have seen a 5% decrease, we are proud that as a college we are bucking this trend and have instead witnessed a 10% increase.
With a dedicated Work Experience Coordinator we support every vocational student to find a worthwhile, bespoke placement suited to their interests and ambitions. We place huge emphasis on building strong links within the community. Work experience placements help students to recognise and develop their individual skills.
We work alongside employers including, IBM, Carnival, Capita, BDO, Third Age Centre, University Hospital Southampton, BeWiser Insurance, Oxfam, Marwell Zoo, Blake Morgan, Southampton Football Club, St Mary’s Project and the Mayflower Theatre.
Destination success post college
We rigorously track the destinations of all our former students. In 2016 we know that 97% progressed to positive and relevant destinations in further education, apprenticeships or employment within six months of leaving college. Many of our students progress to prestigious industrial training programmes including those offered by JP Morgan, IBM, Ernst and Young and PWC.