Welcome to the NKC Working with Employers Newsletter
This newsletter is brought to you by the Employer Engagement team at the College who reach out into the local communities and speak with employers and business owners. We aim to provide support, guidance and information regarding education and your industry whilst gaining insight into local employers and businesses. In the monthly newsletter we will be sharing how we are working with local employers and businesses, informing about government related strategies in relation to education, sharing stories about students and employers working together and overall insight into the North Kent College group and Hadlow College.
June was an exciting month for the College with the students wrapping up their qualifications and the chance to once again open the doors at Hadlow College for the annual Country Fair. We were fortunate enough that the heavens did not open and we were able to share the wonderful facilities with visitors for the day. Whether potential students or those from the local community, the fair showcased the College's wonderful offering. This was the first fair for the Employer Engagement Team since the College's merged and it was fantastic to support and take part.
Employer Spotlight - Royal St. George’s Golf Club
Since 2011 Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, have been preparing to host it's next Open Championship. Hadlow College are really proud to have played such a pivotal role in training apprentices throughout this decade achieving 100% pass rate on over 13 apprenticeships for staff at both Level 2 and level 3. However, more recently on the new End Point Assessment standard 3 out of 3 have achieved the highest grade possible: Distinction!
Anthony Stockwell, Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Course tutor said,
Working with organisations such as Royal St. Georges golf club who have invested in a long term apprenticeship program is a pleasure. They understand the benefits to working with apprentices from introducing fresh new talent to the business to apprentices providing secure succession planning practices. I wish the apprentices and all the team at Royal St. George's all the best with the up coming 149th Open Championship.
Harry Miller is their latest apprentice to achieve distinction and it’s great to know he is qualified before the Open Championship which was a target he set himself at the start of the qualification.
Harry was delighted to pass the apprenticeship and commented,
“Not only will this help with the Open Championship but it will also support my future. As part of the Open Championship I will be mowing fairways, and it has given me so much more confidence knowing I am fully qualified. By completing my assessment prior to the Open it has also given me more responsibility into the build-up for the event.
The Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB
Industry Placements - What, Why and Who?
Industry Placements is a scheme available to our Level 3 and Level 2 students on eligible full time programmes at the College. The aim of an Industry Placement is to provide valuable experience above and beyond the traditional two week work experience, in an industry to which the student is studying a qualification towards.
We aim for the student to complete at least 315 hours around their College days either working 1 - 2 days around their timetable throughout the year or on block if able.
Placements can be paid or unpaid and offer a great opportunity for the student to boost their CV and/or UCAS application. The College supports the students by completing pre employment training, provided by The Learning Shop at Bluewater and by offering reimbursements for travel expenses.
The introduction of Industry Placements is in response to new qualifications, T levels where an Industry Placement is a compulsory part of the qualification. The focus of these qualifications on being able to put their knowledge into practice. These qualifications and the Industry Placement scheme were designed to meet the expectations of employers in having not only qualified but skilled and competent employees.
One of the College's aims is to ensure our students are successful when they progress into the working world. By offering opportunities such as an Industry Placement we are preparing them for when they enter the workforce by giving them the chance to learn and work in their chosen Industry. During this time they are gaining valuable skills for their potential future employers.
Our students who are eligible to complete an Industry Placement come for a wide ranging curriculum. From construction, creative media, Legal secretarial, sport and so much more.
Industry Placements are available to all students inclusive of SEND students.
Therefore we are always looking to connect with organisations, employers and businesses who would be interested in the Industry Placement Scheme and offering an opportunity to our students.
We are now looking to discuss placements for the next academic year starting in September. If you would like further information on the scheme, how it works and the process we follow, as well as the support we provide employers then please feel free to get in contact.