Eastleigh College works in partnership with local employer Simplyhealth to positively impact student and employee development.
The partnership spanning many years is continuing to grow, adding real value to the company and students at Eastleigh College. The company visited Business Administration students at the College to boost employability skills in a variety of ways. This included employability days, guest talks and CV workshops, giving students a wider understanding on the skills and workplace behaviours employers look for in new recruits.
A recent CV workshop at the College raised awareness among students of the importance of CV writing and other employability skills and processes employers undertake, including assessment days and interviews. For some students, this was their initial insight to employment and proved extremely valuable.
The joint partnership has also benefitted existing staff at Simplyhealth during an internal interviewing course, using Eastleigh College students as mock candidates. From this session, employees were upskilled by practising interview techniques and have added value to the business by developing their recruitment skills. During this activity, the company were also exposed to the rich talent of students from Eastleigh College, spotting the strong potential the students offered. Amy, a Business Administration student at Eastleigh College impressed Simplyhealth and was invited to apply for a job after completing her course, soon becoming a full-time Customer Advisor, working for the company for two years.
Natalie Dixey, Talent and Development Specialist at Simplyhealth comments on the partnership with the College, “Over the coming months we’ll be growing our Apprenticeship relationship with the college - it’s great to work closely with educational institutions in our community at a time where there’s a positive trend of bridging skill gaps led through joint employer and education relationships.”
The College has a network of over 4,000 employers across the country, and is looking forward to developing its partnership with Simplyhealth.
One of Eastleigh College's governors, Councillor Judith Grajewski, has been appointed Local Authority Director of Solent LEP. This Local Enterprise Partnership brings the business community together with the further education and higher education sector to ensure a prosperous and sustainable economic future in the region.
Eastleigh College has been awarded AoC Beacon Status in two areas, in recognition of its excellent support for students, and for the College’s work with employers, providing professional training and delivering skills to help grow the economy.