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Foundation Learning students gain employability skills

Over 70 Students studying on Foundation Learning programmes at City of Oxford College were given the opportunity to meet a range of local employers and participate in mock interviews.

The CV and interview workshop was aimed at students with special educational needs and disabilities to support them in making the important transition into gaining employment.

Some of the largest employers in the UK offered their time to support our students with representatives from the Midcounties Cooperative, Natwest and Carillion working hard to simulate what a real interview would be like for our students.

Melanie Christianson commented: “Seeing so many busy professionals willing to take a day off to come to City of Oxford College to help our students is very rewarding. Seeing the smiles on the faces of students as they come out of their interviews, feeling much more positive about themselves, this is what makes all of the hard work worth it!.”

Student Safia Safa commented: “It was good in that it was like a real interview, they asked me lots of questions and gave me tips that were really helpful

Student Matthew Phillips commented: “I found it a valuable experience because it gives you good training for proper interviews.

George Weedon, IMS Manager, Property & Facilities, Carillion commented: “It’s a great feeling to have the ability to have an impact on a student’s future by way of giving constructive feedback on how to conduct themselves in real interviews. Making sure their CV is appropriately formatted and presented will hopefully set them on a path to a great career of their choice. It’s great to find myself in a position to be able to help and give a benefit to the local community.”

To find out more about studying on a Foundation Learning programme please visit our website.

To find out more about our next Foundation Learning information event on Wednesday 8 June, 3-5pm, visit our event webpage.