Interserve Employability Boot Camp Gives Students a Boost

Walsall College Foundation Learning students on the Supported Internship programme recently attended an employability boot camp at Interserve Support Services.

The college’s Supported Internship programme gives people with learning difficulties the opportunity to access real work experience placements with employers, whilst receiving support from a tutor and studying English and maths at college. The aim is to help students to secure employment at the end of their internship.

10 students spend two days at the firm’s West Bromwich office where they took part in CV and cover letter writing exercises, mock interviews, team building tasks and heard from Interserve’s HR team about the skills and behaviour they look for in new recruits.

Laura Heise, Skills Coordinator at Interserve Support Services, said: ”We were very impressed with how professionally behaved the students were over the two days and how respectful and mindful they were whilst in a working environment.

“They embraced the opportunity really well and I do hope they got a lot from the sessions. We would welcome some of the students to complete their internships with us.”

Curriculum Manager for Foundation Learning at Walsall College, Paul Bagnall, commented: “For the mock interviews the students were interviewed by senior managers at the company. This was a really great experience for them and has helped them in building their confidence and employability skills – this was just what they needed before starting their work placement.”

All students will complete their placement by the Summer, most students have started their placements whilst others are currently being arranged with employers.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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