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One thousand Bournemouth and Poole College students find jobs

By mbarber  |  Posted: September 07, 2013

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STUDENTS at Bournemouth and Poole College are celebrating the news that over 1000 fellow students have been placed into work by their onsite employment service, delivered by the REED NCFE Partnership.

The REED NCFE jobs brokerage service has helped Bournemouth & Poole students to access jobs, many of which are within the hidden jobs market. It is often frustrating for job seekers that only one in four vacancies are ever advertised. The REED NCFE team counters this frustration with its on-site employment ‘shop’ at a college, targeting the 75 per cent of vacancies which are never advertised and matching them to students at the college through tailored intervention.

Students receive training in the specific skills they need for the jobs market, making sure that they are ready to make the step from learning into work. Students are trained to understand how the world of work operates, how to think and behave in a work environment, develop the right mindset, improve their interview skills and are given careers advice and access to the hidden jobs market in their area.

The initiative reacts to robust research supported by Harvard University and carried out with over 2000 employers. According to this research, 97 per cent of employers would choose mindset over skillset as the key element in those they seek to employ and retain. This means that those who display the right mindset are three times more likely to find work.

With youth unemployment still hovering around the one million mark, Bournemouth & Poole College’s partnership with REED NCFE makes sure its students have access to jobs and that they are seen by employers as the best candidates.

Lawrence Vincent, Principal at Bournemouth & Poole College said: Lawrence Vincent, Principal at The Bournemouth & Poole College said: “I would describe the relationship between Bournemouth & Poole College and REED-NCFE as nothing short of transformational. The partnership has brought a world class jobs brokerage service to our college and over 1,000 of our students are feeling its direct benefits.”

Nick Hughes, Senior Operations Manager for REED NCFE, said: “Since the launch of the partnership in January 2012 the service has had an average of 200 live vacancies each month at the college. We are delighted that over 1000 students who signed up with REED NCFE have secured employment. We hope and expect the same success for the other colleges we are working with across the country.”

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