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Students at an Outstanding East Yorkshire Sixth Form College will be given the opportunity to join a pioneering programme which will equip them to progress on to high profile careers. Following the launch of this career focussed pathway that links with a range of industries to give students high level employability skills and business experience alongside their A Level study, students are now signing up to start on this unique programme of study in September 2016.

South Hunsley Sixth Form College has introduced the Employer-led Programme in response to concern from employers across the country about young people’s readiness to succeed in the workplace. The Employer Led programme is offered to students who want to go into competitive professions after A Level study to help them be work ready at the age of 18 while retaining the option to continue their career path via a graduate route or higher level apprenticeship.

The sixth form college has created new unique partnerships with some of the region’s most successful companies, such as KC, RB and PwC, to provide students who choose to start the Employer-led Programme with an opportunity to take part in internships and be mentored to develop their skills further.

Students who take other programmes of study offered by the Sixth Form College, such as the traditional A Level programme, will also benefit from these partnerships and will have access to employers.

South Hunsley Sixth Form College Head of Extended Studies Sarah Barley said: “This programme provides a huge opportunity for students to learn vital employability skills which will give them the right amount of work experience and the technical skills to succeed.

“The employability skills of young people has long been a nationwide issue, so we have put everything in place to address this so that we give our students the best possible start to their careers.

“South Hunsley Sixth Form College continues to look at ways to improve every student’s learning experience throughout their A Levels. This programme exposes our students to a wide variety of industries so that they are able to gain valuable work experience and have a freedom to choose which industry they’d like to pursue a career in before they make any major commitments after they leave our sixth form college.”

More than 15 companies have become partners in the programme, with more expected to sign up in the near future. Students will be given the opportunity to speak to businesses first hand at an open event on Thursday, October 15th, which gives both students and parents an insight into how it will benefit their studies.

Companies from various sectors including aerospace, finance, construction and shipping, will use the open event to give students an insight into their business and the different roles needed to create a successful business.

Kris Hall, Process Technology Manager for Healthcare at RB, said: “RB is looking forward to developing the employer-led programme with South Hunsley to help students gain a stronger insight into consumer healthcare and build the skills for a successful career.”

Any student taking part in the Employer-led Programme will work towards the achievement of an employability passport demonstrating that they have achieved and mastered the seven employability skills set out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The programme has been developed in partnership with Paradigm Shift Management Limited, a local organisation specialising in the support and development of employability skills.

Managing director Ann Newlove said: “It’s been brilliant to work alongside the team at South Hunsley Sixth Form to create this new programme.

“Staff there are passionate about making sure that when students leave them, they have all the skills required to move forward with their learning or into the world of work.

“This new programme, putting employer needs and student experience at the heart, will ensure that their students have the perfect mix of academic qualifications and employability skills which are so in demand.”

South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College Head of School Jonny Uttley said: “This innovative new programme allows students to see the huge variety of careers available to them and to equip them to compete in a rapidly changing world.

“We want to offer a programme which will prepare successful future professionals, whether they want to go to university first, or enter employment straight after A Levels.

“This is a unique programme and we believe that we are giving students the competitive edge and access to the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance.”