“The extent to which the college meets the needs and interest of learners and employers is Outstanding.” Ofsted
‘Partner in Business’ Scheme
The aim is that Blackpool Sixth students receive high quality Careers Education and Guidance and have an opportunity to enhance their employability skills to enable them to make informed decisions about progressing into higher education, employment or training after completing their studies.
We really value external support to enable students to gain information and experience to guide their decisions about their future. There can be many benefits to the employer too, as a student can bring fresh ideas to the organisation and there is the chance to meet potential future employee.
So what is ‘Partner in Business’ at Blackpool Sixth?
The ‘Partner in Business’ scheme is run by Blackpool Sixth to allow students the opportunity to link with local businesses and business people to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the work place prior to their leaving Sixth Form. It will also provide these students with transferable skills including producing successful CVs, interview techniques and how to demonstrate using professional standards in the work – place skills which are needed to succeed in the transition from college to work.
Work Experience and volunteering opportunities
We would like the student to experience first hand what the world of work can be like. This could be offering an internship over the summer, or work experience weekly. Volunteering opportunities are important to our students and we welcome the opportunity to support local organisations with fundraising and other activities.
- Liaising with Blackpool Sixth helps for a better understanding of changes to the education system and current qualifications
- Students may provide a fresh perspective as well as an additional resource
- College promotion of partner businesses through newsletters and the wider community
- Raising your profile in the community and your image of corporate social responsibility
- Scope for finding future long-term employment with successful students
- Gives staff the chance to work in a supervisory role who may not otherwise have the chance
Our students have lots of skills and interests and study a range of over 60 courses. If you can offer a work placement in a department of your business whether hands on with customers or service users, administration, research and writing, graphics and design or other staff support, we can find a student to match the opportunity.
Our students undertake work placements at various times throughout the year. This could be one afternoon a week around their timetable for a few months or one/two full-time weeks in half term, summer or other designated weeks.
Career Support/Business Mentor
Why not be a mentor to one of our students? This could be a one to one meeting organised in college or a meeting set up in the workplace. Perhaps you could offer advice on CV’s or interview techniques? Having a support mechanism outside of college can really help to motivate the student and get them career-ready.
Career Talks/Developing Employability Skills
Delivering workshops and career talks to students builds confidence and enhances employability skills. Career talks are an integral part of informing students about the local labour market and current employers. We need your expertise to deliver informed knowledge about skill sectors to support our students to make the correct decisions about their future. You can support our students by:
- Support mock interviews
- Give motivational speeches
- Offer an enterprise hour
- Promote further training opportunities
We welcome your support at annual events. It is important to network with local employers to develop new links and provide ample opportunities for the next generation. We host a yearly ‘Networking Evening’ and a ‘Progression Evening’ to which our ‘Partners in Business’ are invited. We would greatly appreciate your support at our forthcoming events. To view our calendar, please click here.
If you are interested in being a ‘Partner in Business’ please contact our Careers Advisor and Employability Officer, on 01253 394911 or email to discuss how you can get involved. You can also contact our Employer Liaison Officer, Claire Pinder on 01253 307094 (EXT 750) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be asked to complete a basic application form and a DBS Check (a legal requirement for working with young people).
Employers who work with Blackpool Sixth are invited to complete a survey about your views of the college for Ofsted, the body which inspects schools and colleges. Please click here to complete the survey.