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WestKing says “thank you” to employers

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Last Thursday 4 July 2019, Westminster Kingsway College’s Kings Cross campus hosted the college’s first ever employability ‘thank you’ event.

WestKing has relationships with in excess of 100 companies including ITN, Salesforce, Havas, Property Developers Argent, The Ritz, Harrods, Dar Group and FrameStore – the Bafta and Oscar-awarding winning creative studio.

We work with them to provide a wide range of employability support for our students, including work experience, work placements, Internship, mock interviews, assessment centres, support with applications and CVs, and mentoring schemes.

The opportunities our partner companies provide, give students the transferable skills they need for the world of employment, and for many of them, it gives them the vital experience and skills that they need to submit a really strong application and get through employers’ rigorous selection processes to land a good job.

The event started with networking and food and drinks. The delicious food was prepared by students and staff from our School of Hospitality and Culinary arts in Victoria. One of the students, Siobhan Bangura, has recently completed their Professional Chef Diploma Level 1 and is starting a Level 2 in September.

Jasbir Sondhi, Director of Learner Experience, opened the speeches by thanking everyone for attending and explaining the importance of work experience and the effect it has on students and their futures. “At Westminster Kingsway, we want to give as many of our learners as possible, the support and opportunities that they need to inspire them to achieve their full potential.”

Toreanna Sumner, Careers and Employability Adviser/T Levels Lead, explained how our partnerships work and introduced Jenny Barber, Director of Careers and Talent at Investment 20/20.  Jenny was a BTEC student herself, started her career working in Further Education and believes passionately that Further Education changes people’s lives for the better.

You can hear all the speeches in this video:

The, two students who have participated in our employability programme – Andre Escarigo and Joseph Odukoya – spoke about their amazing experiences at their respective work placements.

“My time at Willmott Dixon was such a great experience that allowed me to build on my confidence and supported my studies in college. I would recommend other employers and students to take part in industrial placements to offer other students like myself this opportunity to learn.” – Joseph Odukoya

This event was a great opportunity for WestKing and the participating students to thank these companies and build relationships that will benefit the colleges’ future students. The event was rounded off with more networking and drinks.

If you want to be part of this amazing programme next year, please contact us here: 

For employers/work experience/placements = partnerships@westking.ac.uk 

For employers/employability = carlo.liu@westking.ac.uk

For students = careers@westking.ac.uk

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