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Specialist Provision students from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) recently took part in a new ‘reverse’ style jobs fair in a bid to prepare them for the world of work. The bespoke event on Wednesday 20 February organised by the Basingstoke and Deane Employment and Skills Zone, gave the students a valuable opportunity to impress a wide range of local employers and develop their employability skills.
In partnership with the Disability Forum and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the students met with various employers including Fujitsu, Waitrose, Apollo Hotels, Wote Street Employment, Basingstoke Police, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.
The students who enjoy a tailored curriculum programme at the college benefited from the event as they were able to stay in one place while employers moved around the room to meet them and discover the skills and qualities they had to offer. Alongside their course, this individual approach supported by BCoT’s committed Specialist Provision department was designed to help the students develop their academic, emotional, social, life and employability skills so they are prepared for the future.
Course Director for BCoT’s Specialist Provision department Lynsey Spillane said: “The students were all absolutely fantastic on the day and I received some really positive feedback from the employers. The jobs fair really showed the students the sheer amount and variety of opportunities that are available to them. It’s just one of the many ways we support all of our students and help them get ready for the world of work.”
BCoT’s Specialist Provision course is one of a number of different pathways the college has to offer that help young people at different stages of their educational development continue learning and build a foundation for the future.