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Students receive Sanctuary’s support for world of work

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Care and Support, Communities

Sanctuary’s Group Head of Community Investment and Sustainability Sophie Atkinson with Pauline Mason, Head of Student Services at the college, and Sanctuary apprentice Bethany Griffin. Sanctuary’s Group Head of Community Investment and Sustainability Sophie Atkinson with Pauline Mason, Head of Student Services at the college, and Sanctuary apprentice Bethany Griffin.

Students from Worcester Sixth Form College are being offered an insight into the working world thanks to a new partnership with Sanctuary Group.

The leading housing and care provider is teaming up with the sixth form college to provide a tailored programme to raise students’ career aspirations and develop their employability skills.

The partnership, which is part of the Group’s new Sanctuary in Education initiative, has been designed to demonstrate the different routes into employment available to the students, including apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

Students will be given the opportunity to carry out work experience placements in various departments at Sanctuary, take part in mock interviews and attend presentations about specific business areas of the Group from Human Resources and Finance through to Public Relations and Community Investment.

Staff from Sanctuary will also attend careers and employment fairs held by the college to promote the Group’s apprenticeship and graduate schemes and other employment opportunities for students.

Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s Head of Community Investment and Sustainability, said: “Given the competitive job market, it is so important for pupils to get a step ahead by gaining valuable work experience. We hope this partnership will not only give students the confidence to take advantage of the opportunities available to them but also build on their career aspirations.”

Pauline Mason, Head of Student Services at Worcester Sixth Form College, added: “The College has been working informally with Sanctuary for some time, but we are really looking forward to a structured working partnership within which our students can gain a range of experiences of the world of work and be supported in their progression into employment.”

Sanctuary in Education has been developed as part of the Group’s ongoing commitment to provide careers advice and support for young people.

Through the initiative, Sanctuary works in partnership with schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of the training and career opportunities available to students, and help equip them with the skills needed to enter future employment.

In addition, the initiative allows students to gain an insight into the work that Sanctuary does in communities across the country.

 

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