Trafford College is inviting young entrepreneurs and students interested in working in the Business and Financial Services sector to learn about the launch of a pioneering employer-backed education programme.
The College’s new Career Academy, which will launch on 11 July, will enhance the aspirations and career prospects of young, aspiring business students aged 16-19, broadening the number of choices they have about their future education and career pathways.
Career Academies UK will work with Trafford College and link up with both local and national employers to secure workplace networks and experiences for students in the business and finance sectors, with the prospect of further academies for other professions being set up in future years.
Successful students who are accepted into the Career Academy will follow a rigorous two-year enrichment and employability programme at the College, studying 3 A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma alongside the Academy, enabling them to progress to higher education or develop employability skills that will help them stand out from the crowd. In addition they will benefit from one-to-one business mentoring, regular master classes, annual trips to the capital, networking events and a six-week paid internship over the summer. Representatives from supporting companies will also regularly visit the College to share their experiences.
Across the UK, almost 85% of Career Academy graduates go on to higher education, or an equivalent level of work-related training.
James McCreary, Chief Executive of Career Academies UK, said: ‘The Career Academy programme has a demonstrable impact on the achievements of young people. We are thrilled to welcome Trafford College to the programme. We look forward to working with them to build relationships with both local and national businesses, public and third sector organisations that will offer the very best experiences to their students.
‘At a time when some companies may argue that they are just too busy trying to save money to engage with education, we’re continuing to get a positive response from our 900 supporting employers who firmly believe that developing employability skills as part of a young person’s education is of the utmost importance.’
Trafford College Principal, Sir Bill Moorcroft added:
‘The College is thrilled to support this initiative which significantly increases the opportunities for students who wish to progress in the business and financial service sectors. Through our links with employers and the programme’s internship, students will also get the chance to gain invaluable contacts and employability skills which are absolutely crucial in the current work environment.’
Career Academy graduate, Jack, commented on his experience of the programme:
‘When I signed up to the Career Academy I didn’t realise how useful it would be or how many doors it would open. In particular, the workplace knowledge I learnt from my business internship is endless; I’ll remember those six weeks for the rest of my life. Being able to put the Career Academy on my CV is an enormous advantage. I’m proud to put it on my CV now and for years to come.’
For more information on the career academy: http://www.trafford.ac.uk/16-18-courses/careeracadem
Students interested in applying for the Career Academy, should contact the College on 0161 886 7070.