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Industry week gives students edge in competitive jobs market
They are the future stars of industry in the south and this week they joined forces to learn more about life in the workplace.
Hundreds of students across marine, construction and electrical courses took part in City College Southampton's industry week, which saw them work together on a number of hands-on and competitive activities, designed to prepare them to go directly into work.
Throughout the week students have had an opportunity to take part in a variety of competitions and workshops as well as meet representatives from potential employers to get advice on their careers.
One of the most competitive activities of the week was the toughly-fought wall competition - in which bricklayers, carpenters and painters and decorators worked in teams to construct part of a bathroom which included a decorated wall and fitted towel rail. The competition was judged by Leadbitter, which has been heavily involved in the week and supporting students with advice.
Meanwhile, at the college's Marine Skills Centre, students worked together to build a dinghy, which has been put on display at the college for tonight's showcase event.
The showcase event will be open to school leavers and give them an opportunity to meet students, staff and employers from the marine, engineering and construction industries. Among the local employers exhibiting at the event this evening from 5pm will be First Wessex, MC Truck and Bus and Esso.
Industry week, which takes place annually over a number of curriculum areas, is part of City College's commitment to going the extra mile and giving students a well-rounded education that prepares them for the workplace.
Andrew Kaye, Director of Studies for Engineering and Construction, said: "This week has been a great success and students really have honed those extra skills that are so vital in securing a job once they leave college. While learning practical skills, gaining technical knowledge and securing qualifications are a vital part of what we do at City College, we also place a lot of emphasis on helping students boost their employability skills and stand out from the crowd in the competitive jobs market."
David Cook, Regional Director of Leadbitter's Southern Construction and Housing division, which has been heavily involved in the event, added: "We have been delighted to participate in industry week for the third year in a row. Leadbitter is committed to nurturing tomorrow's construction talent. There is something for everyone in our industry, whether you are good at maths, like to draw or enjoy working with your hands. Events like industry week are a great way for us to showcase the wide variety of careers available. We're proud to support this important event and to continue our successful relationship with City College."
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