Students gain employability skills


Blackburn College celebrated the 10th anniversary of its acclaimed Career Academy with a graduation event featuring students from a range of Business and Computing courses.

Career Academy at Blackburn College enables students to access visiting speakers from the world of business, mentoring schemes and internship opportunities – the latter of which were this time provided by a number of high-profile organisations, including HM Revenue & Customs and The Department for Work and Pensions.

Sue Bradley, Business lecturer at the College said:

"Career Academy enables our students to gain key employability skills that they can use when applying for real jobs. The programme also enables our students to gain a better insight into the career opportunities available and the skills required for continued success.”

Students took centre-stage at the event by sharing their own personal, individual journeys and later received certificates to recognise and commend their achievements.

Level 3 Business with Law student, April Stephenson, 20, remarked:

“Career Academy was brilliant for me because I was able to learn everything from CV writing to interview skills. I was later able to put my interview skills to the test and was interviewed by HM Revenue & Customs – who then provided invaluable feedback on my performance.”

“I later participated in a work placement with the Job Centre, which I’ve been able to add to my CV to make me more employable. The time I spent there was fantastic because it gave me a clear insight into how a business operates.”

“I feel the skills and knowledge I’ve gained will open a lot of doors for me in the future and certainly, will help me on my next steps as I progress to university.”

Also present at the event was former Blackburn College student and Career Academy alumni Samuel Gadd, who delivered an inspiring speech of how the Career Academy marked a positive turning point in his life.

Sam, 25, is now Managing Director of Suave Agency – a strategy, design and communications agency based in the Ribble Valley and is grateful of the opportunities Blackburn College provided to him.

Career Academy at Blackburn College is a programme with a rich history of developing students into confident speakers with skills that employers are looking for. Currently, Career Academy is open to a select number of students enrolled on Business and Computing courses.

Places still remain for Business and Computing courses starting September 2018. Visit and apply now.

30 Apr 2018, 10:04 AM

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