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14/04/2016

SGS students put through paces to learn employability skills

A group of ambitious students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College were put through their paces by an international recruitment organisation as part of an initiative to help them gain employment after they leave further education.

Bristol-headquartered RSG, an independent recruiter that employs around 180 people in the region, sent 15 consultants to contribute to the Employability Training Programme at the Filton Campus.

Forty students aged between 17-18 attended the RSG-led Employability Day and alongside learning basics such as CV writing and interview skills, they also experienced specific challenges.

This included putting reasoning, objection handling and team work to the test as groups took on the challenge of discussing customer service in worldwide brands.

The objective was to teach the learners the skills they need for achieving employment outside of school and help them fulfill their potential.

Sam Honeywill, IT Lecturer and Course Leader at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College said: “We chose RSG due to its outstanding reputation, particularly in, technology recruitment and because they have a great track record in helping FE students in learning about the world of work – and helping them learn skills to land a job they really want.

“The students really value being in contact with this real world expertise and particularly enjoyed going through a formal interview situation as they received helpful feedback about their performance, as well as gaining quality practical advice on how to improve.”

RSG Director Adam Meadows said: “We were very impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and drive to understand more about how to handle the potentially stressful experience of getting a job for the first time.

“Days such as this provide an excellent platform for our consultants, many of whom joined us when they were just out of education, to give back to younger people to help them benefit from their own experiences and navigate the world of employment.”