College says jobs deal is good news for students

Stuart Wesselby
Stuart Wesselby

Bosses at a county college have finalised a deal which will see up to 2,000 students every year guaranteed a job or an apprenticeship.

Tresham College, which has campuses in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, made the agreement with the Reed NCFE partnership.

It has become only the second college in the country to sign up to such a scheme, which will see Reed mentor students to help them with each stage of the job application process. They will also open a permanent job shop on each campus.

Tresham College principal Stuart Wesselby said the deal – which is free for students – would help students as they made the transition into the workplace.

He said: “We want to make sure every pupil we put in front of a pupil is suitable. You might have the right qualifications and CV, but when you sit down in front of an employer there’s something missing, and it’s that mindset.

“It needs to be coached, and young people don’t always have that opportunity. As a 16-year-old coming out of college, it’s never been there on your agenda.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to has been really positive about it. It’s not a gimmick, it’s something that’s actually real.”

The college’s managing director Rachel Kay, said the agreement was good news for students and local employers.

She added: “It’s a super positive story, and especially for this area.”