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Almost 50 Advisers from the government-backed careers guidance scheme ‘Connexions’ attended a recent information session at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London – and declared the day a great success.

"Our close relationship with our local Connexions centres is an important part of our commitment to help every one of our learners to get the best employment advice and opportunities," said Howard Jeffrey, Director of Learner Recruitment and Support. "Key employability skills are built in to hundreds of our courses, and helping young people to progress from their course to a job is an increasingly crucial aspect of our role in the wider community, particularly as the country continues to recover from the economic downturn."

Connexions is the government information and advice service for young people aged 13 to 19, offering help with a wide range of issues from housing and health to finances and careers.

The briefing day held at the College’s Tottenham Centre aimed to provide an overview of the College’s work and the options open to local young people. The invited Connexions advisers were welcomed by the College’s Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, whose presentation gave an overview of our achievements in recent years, and the impact of the merger that formed our new College. Workshops were then provided by other College Directors and Curriculum Heads, explaining the College’s offer in our areas of vocational specialism as well as specific schemes such as the new Diploma courses and Apprenticeships. Our visitors were also given a tour of the College facilities.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback on the event included comments on how modern the College is – in its outlook as well as its facilities. The helpfulness of College staff and the effective outcomes from the event itself were also singled out for praise.

Howard Jeffrey continued: "Events like this one are a great example of best practice in further education. Colleges like ours must be committed to the entirety of each learner’s journey – whether they progress from our courses to higher education or go in to a career. By working together with organisations like Connexions, we are making that journey smooth and seamless, and the winners in all this are our local young people, their families and our community as a whole."

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