Last week we welcomed careers advisors from local schools and organisations to attend a networking lunch, with the opportunity to find out more about the Eastleigh College.
Representatives from Crestwood College, Hampshire County Council and many more joined us for a delicious two-course lunch in our East Avenue restaurant, cooked and served by our Hospitality and Catering students, followed by a tour of our facilities including our brand new Hair, Beauty and Arts Centre.
We discussed how the future employment marketplace may change due to skills gaps and an increased retirement age, and what we’re doing with local and national employers to ensure our students are prepared for the future, in addition to how we can help students to make the right decision for them first-time; whether that be to study a technical and professional course, choose an Apprenticeship or study A-levels.
With Apprenticeships in particular, our Apprenticeship Experts team is keen to ensure as many employers as possible understand the implications of the new Government Apprenticeship Levy, and the potential opportunities this can open up for young people.
Some of our current students were also brave enough to take to the stage and talk about their experience at the College, what they like about their course and their plans for the future, which helps careers advisors to better understand the journey from school to college through the students’ eyes.
If you missed this year’s event, don’t worry! We will be hosting a similar event next June, so if you’re interested in taking part please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.