Business students and employers unite for skills speed dating

Solihull College & University Centre business students took part in a Skills Speed Dating session this week to increase their employability.

The Skills Speed Dating – ‘First Impressions’ event was part of the World of Work (WOW) programme offered as part of the College’s Level 2 Business course. The event united industry experts, local employers, teachers and managers within the College, as well as level 3 students who all took part as interviewers.

The aim of the event was for learners to have an interview experience to identify both their skills and areas for improvement. Teams of interviewers discussed the responses that the students gave and created bespoke feedback for each. The responses then highlighted which areas they should aim to develop and how.

Student Tariq Mahmood, 16, from Acocks Green commented: “This is such a useful event for young people like myself. I have really come to an idea about a future direction by meeting so many employers and having the chance to prove myself in an interview environment.”

The event was held in collaboration with Secure Trust Bank. Anne Mckenning, HR Director for the bank commented: “All of the interviewers were very impressed by the maturity and confidence demonstrated by the students. As a growing local employer, Secure Trust Bank is keen to play a positive role in supporting young people to develop the skills they need to help them achieve their future career ambitions. Since being appointed Enterprise Advisor for the College I’ve developed close links with management and teaching staff and will continue to support them with their mission to prepare the students for the world of work.” 

Kam Virdee, Head of School for Business and event organiser added: “I felt the event was so valuable for the students and there were so many positive outcomes. There was a real energy and buzz created. We’d like to thank all of the employers who generously gave up their time for our students.”

This process will be repeated in April to see how students have responded to their feedback and to further discuss future goals.

Find out more about the College’s business courses.

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