17th February 2022
The City of Liverpool College is set to launch an exciting new initiative that will partner COLC University Centre undergraduates with current 16-18 year old students, with the aim of inspiring and developing their ambitions around higher level study or employment.
The six new recruits for the Career Coach positions will undertake a week of intensive training, ready to take on their roles after the February 28 2022 launch. Armed with experience and knowledge in a range of subjects, the group will provide students with on-the-ground support around careers and employability activities in either one-to-one or small group settings. These include job vacancy searches, CV writing sessions, support with applications for jobs and apprenticeships, and UCAS personal statements.
Alex Sherlock, Deputy Careers Leader at the College said: “I read about the benefits to students of peer-to-peer careers and employability support and discussed the potential of recruiting current HE students with our Head of HE, Katherine Davey. We felt this would not only provide our HE students with valuable work experience, but also present other students with a positive role model to encourage progression towards their ultimate goals.
“We were very pleased with the standard of applicants who spanned the range of HE courses in the college curriculum. The successful candidates all had a great mix of skills, knowledge and life experiences and will each bring something very positive to their Career Coach role.”
This pilot project is the first of its kind in the region and received financial backing from Shaping Futures, the organisation working to boost HE participation rates in the most disadvantaged areas of England.
Katherine Davey, Head of Higher Education at the College said: “We’re excited to launch this innovative scheme in partnership with Shaping Futures to ensure learners across the College, and elsewhere in the city, have access to positive and enthusiastic role models from college-based Higher Education. Our Career Coaches are great advocates for studying at degree-level in a Further Education College and how our personalised and highly supportive learning environment provides individuals with the skills, confidence and expertise needed for their next steps in work or further study.”
In the future, the college intends to review the impact of the Career Coaches project against current potential and hopes to develop the scheme as an ongoing programme.