With the end of the academic year in sight, students’ thoughts are turning to what their next steps will be. With this in mind, our Retention and Progression team, together with colleagues from curriculum areas across the campus and university partners, have planned a series of events and activities promoting progression opportunities.
‘Progression Season’ is aimed at helping students to choose their next step by giving them lots of useful information about their options, including advice and information on CV writing, interview techniques, starting your own business and student finance.
The activities began with HE Progression Day, which invited the College’s Level 3 students to visit the Hugh Baird University Centre and find out about the degree programmes on offer, which are all validated by either the University of Central Lancashire or Liverpool John Moores University. They were able to tour the University Centre building, see lectures in action and meet undergraduates already enjoying the university experience.
HE Faculty Lead, Matt Giblin, said:
“The idea was to encourage the College’s current students to visit to the University Centre building and find out about the degree programmes we offer. We know how daunting it can be to take the first step into higher education so we wanted to set up something where they could come over in groups and speak to tutors and undergraduates on an informal basis. We hope it’s given them a taste for what their university life could be like and may even have opened their eyes to degree programmes they didn’t even know they could do right on their doorstep.”
As they only attend College for one day per week, students from the level 3 Teaching Assistant course were unable to make the HE Progression Day event. Instead, they attended a dedicated session delivered by the tutor of the Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and Their Services. Several of the group have since decided to apply for the foundation degree and will begin their university course in September.
There was also a ‘Meet the Professionals’ event for further education students which included presentations on working within creative/social media, business, nursing, embryology and the police force. There were contributions from 3FoldCreative, Avarto, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Merseyside Police.
March has also seen presentations to students by the University of Liverpool. Aimed at those planning to go to university this year, the talks explained the student finance system and offered tips on getting finance in place.
Progression Season continues during April, with students able to attend mock interviews to hone their skills in preparation for applying for jobs. With pre-booked, 30 minute time slots, careers advisors will simulate interview conditions and put them through their paces to get them used to what to expect. They’ll be given feedback at the end with advice on what they could improve on in time for the real thing.
The main progression event in May will be a two day Careers and Wellbeing Fair. Aimed at students of all levels across the College, it will see market stalls provided by universities, careers advisors, employers and curriculum areas, with information on apprenticeships, further and higher education, employment and postgraduate opportunities. There’ll be workshops on democracy, apprenticeships, Franchising: Business Start-up and postgraduate options.
The 14-16 College won’t miss out during Progression Season either, with a dedicated Progression Event for Years 10 and 11 after their GCSE exams in June.
If you would like to find out more about any of the forthcoming progression events, or have questions about your next steps, contact the Retention and Progression team on 0151 353 4444, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit them in the POD, Ground Floor, Balliol Building.