A Job Shop has been launched for students by Bedford College, creating links with businesses across the region.
The new scheme will guide students on from the award-winning careers advice given to them at college, towards the real world of work.
Job Shop manager, Andrew Bridges, said: “There is a gap between having great qualifications, knowing the sort of career you would like and being able to convince a HR manager or business owner that you are the employee they are looking for.
“The Job Shop aims to help bridge this gap by supporting employers and students to come together, creating mutually beneficial and sustainable employment opportunities that benefit all parties.
“We will also take the pain and strain of employing people away from the business, working to help potential employers identify what skills and qualifications they require. We will also be advising them on employment options, such as apprenticeships or full-time employees.
“We aim to offer a high quality recruitment service, offering pre-vetting, short listing and interview space for employers, presenting them with high quality candidates who fit their needs. On top of this our service to businesses will be free.
“Apart from this free service, the other benefit for businesses is that Bedford College’s expert team is best placed to advise businesses if there is any Government funding for work-related training for such employees.”
He added: “We have a great talent pool here, incorporating some the most employable young people in the region; it makes complete sense for the college to match these up with local businesses.”
Andy comes from a background of supporting young people and diverse groups become more employable. He has also successfully built his own businesses in outdoor pursuits and product distribution.
He said: “Students will be helped with CV writing, interview skills and more, so when they present themselves to businesses they stand out.
“There may also be opportunities for employers to test out some of our students through work placements, holiday and part-time employment. That means valuable work experience for our students and gives employers the chance to see what our young people can offer.
“I will be talking to local employers, business groups and college contacts to explain how we can bridge that gap between college and work. Anyone who would like to know more can ring me on 01234 29166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org “
Bedford College works in close co-operation with Job Centres and other employment agencies and outlets and will continue to do so via the Job Shop.
The Job Shop will be based at the Bedford College Cauldwell Street campus and will be officially launched this summer.