New bid to help find work

Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Blackpool and the Fylde College.

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As the Government prepares to release the latest unemployment figures today, one college is aiming to give its students extra help to find work with a new campaign.

Blackpool and The Fylde College is teaming up with the Reed NCEE partnership to get students in the right frame of mind to be a success.

The 3 Times campaign will help young people at Blackpool and The Fylde College to find employment by providing them with specialist training and jobs advice.

But it also aims to develop the right mindset and employability skills because research from James Reed, in association with Harvard, shows that 97 per cent of employers value mindset over skill-set when finding new recruits.

Daryl Platt, executive director commercial development at the college said: “Employability skills are at the heart of Blackpool and The Fylde College’s courses in all areas of curriculum.

“These transferable skills are augmented with specialist industry training from our expert tutors to ensure students are job ready when they complete their course.

“Working with Reed NCFE to offer additional training and job search assistance is yet another way the college is supporting its students into employment.”

The series of workshops aims to make students three times more likely to get a job, three times more likely to be promoted and more than three times more likely to be retained.

Alasdair Downes at The REED NCFE Partnership, says it is hard to ignore the persistently high unemployment rates among under 25s.

He said: “The 3 Time campaign is targeted at supporting young people from education into employment, by equipping them with the right mindset to succeed. We do this by offering support on CV writing, job search and interview techniques, as well as connecting them with local employers.

“The last unemployment figures for the North West underline how important it is that young people have the right skills to enter the job market.

“We’ve got the job of developing these skills and connecting learners with the 75 per cent of jobs that are never advertised.”