Photo Caption: College learners at Hiring Managers at Manpower’s Farringdon office

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Business and ICT Level 3 learners were whisked off to the City to take part in The Tomorrow’s Talent Career Skills Event, last week (Tuesday, 1 April). Organised by top recruitment firm Manpower working with Magnified Learning and the Local Government Association, the event provided the learners with the opportunity to find out what local government managers are looking for in their staff, the job roles that are available and the best routes to get into those jobs.

The lively event was attended by 14 hiring managers from Manpower and local councils from across the South East. The day began with introductions all round as representatives from the major employers detailed what it is that they do in their jobs. Learners were divided into teams and winners were selected from each table.

The first activity was a speed networking task which involved exchanges of business cards, opinions and finding out about employment opportunities. This led on to an assessment centre activity, titled ‘Discover Risk Challenge’ where each learner was observed and evaluated by a prospective employer on their performance.

Daniel Da Silva and Ashley Fountain, both leaners on the ICT and Computing BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 course were each winners in this activity. They said: “We were very impressed with the active participation that the event offered.  We enjoyed the practical activities, especially the interview coaching and the mock interview feedback”.

A well needed lunch-break was followed by a ‘Recruitment Challenge’. This involved learners applying for a job and swapping roles to join the recruitment panel. The employers on the recruitment panel also coached the learners who were about to apply for the job. The atmosphere became highly competitive and the learners fought hard to be crowned the overall Challenge winner.

David Morris, Ahmed Abdalla and Burak Gunerhanal, ICT and Computing BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 learners and winners in this challenge, said: “We are very pleased that we were given the chance to work with operational managers from the different local authorities. We all had an inspirational experience and gained good understanding of current employability skills’ requirements.”

Rosheen Salmon, studying Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 and also a Recruitment Challenge winner, said: “This event has helped me to improve my networking skills and self-assessment and it has definitely given me the insight to become a stronger manager for the future.”

Thomas Blundell, Students’ Union President and College Student Governor, studying Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3, said: “It was a great event which will help me in my course and help me to get a part-time job to support myself during my studies”.

The College’s learners made a superb impression and the managers taking part all commented on how talented and enthusiastic they were.

Aroop Tanna, Director from Magnified Learning who invited the College’s students to take part, said:

On behalf of the Magnified Learning, Manpower and the Local Government Association, I just
wanted to say a big thank you for sending a wonderful group of young people to the employability skills event we ran yesterday. They were an absolute joy to work with.”

Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Jane O’Neill said: “The College ensures our learners have all the advice and guidance they need to achieve their desired career goals as well as some rigorous role play to expose them to the experience of interviews and assessment centres.”

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