Huntingdon college to launch ‘Ready to Work’ scheme

Huntingdon Regional College gets ready to launch new scheme (l-r) Anna Martin, Principal Susanne Ste

Huntingdon Regional College gets ready to launch new scheme (l-r) Anna Martin, Principal Susanne Stent, Matt Clifton, Liam Heath - Credit: Archant

Huntingdonshire Regional College is launching a scheme that will give students a card to show they are employable.

Principal Susanne Stent will unveil the ‘Ready for Work Award’ to Huntingdonshire businesses at a breakfast meeting on November 26. It requires students to have achieved six performance indicators to fulfil its requirements.

Students must have high attendance, be punctual, self-disciplined, aware of health and safety issues, have good academic performance in maths and English and have personal skills in order to gain the card.

The scheme is supported by Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire Federation of Small Businesses, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Ms Stent said: “It is based on research carried out in South London that showed what employers wanted. It showed 40 things but six key things.

“The scheme is open to all learners, and there will be six meetings throughout the year to see if they are meeting the requirements – if they meet them four consecutive times they will qualify for the award.

“It means that when they go to an interview they can prove they are employable and it will give them an advantage.

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“What we need now is to get businesses on board. I think what will happen at first will be that a company will employ somebody with this card who will do well. The company will then employ someone else with the card and soon learn to trust it.” Ms Stent added she expected 40-50 per cent of students to achieve the award.

The breakfast event, between 8.30am and 10am, is open to all companies in Hunts. To attend email steve-savell@huntingdon.ac.uk.

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