Posted: Friday 15 June 2012
Students from Kilmarnock College were invited to attend a ‘You're Hired' networking event held in the College as part of Scotland's Colleges' ‘Business Week'.
The College opened its doors to employers and invited them to take part in the ‘Business Week' initiative designed by Scotland's Colleges' Mean Business, which aims to build stronger relationships with enterprise and offer advice on how the college sector can support enterprise.
The campaign - which was introduced to raise awareness of the assistance and expertise available to the business world - was designed to further strengthen the ties between business and further education.
Businesses were invited to take a stand at the ‘You're Hired' event which enabled employers to discuss employment opportunities with students and share their expertise on how to plan their career pathway for the future.
Taster sessions were made available for students to try their hand in some of the Modern Apprenticeship opportunities. The interactive ‘Have a Go' sessions included cupcake decorating, hand hygiene, virtual babies, and adult and child resuscitation.
The College's vocational assessors were present to provide advice and information on Modern Apprenticeships and work-based SVQs.
During Business Week and as part of Kilmarnock College's on-going commitment to Business Tourism, an employer lunch was also organised which aimed to bring together successful employersin the Tourism and Energy sectors.
The lunch - which focused on energy efficiency within the tourism sector - included a presentation from keynote speaker, Moira Birtwistle, Chairperson of Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Leadership Group who discussed the new Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Strategy for 2012-2017.
Heather Dunk, Principal of Kilmarnock College, said: "It is extremely important to build relationships between further education and the business world.
"With the economy facing continuing challenges, it is important we work in partnership with businesses to engage positively with the talent available in Scotland's colleges. Networking events such as ‘You're Hired', present an excellent opportunity for invited guests and College staff to exchange ideas, innovation and share good practice."
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