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News: Employ­a­bil­i­ty course helped Cleo to change career

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Cleo Fer­ris Lunt from Top Val­ley was look­ing for a change of direc­tion after teach­ing in a sec­ondary school, and decid­ed they would like to work in the Civ­il Ser­vice. Fast for­ward to today and Cleo is now a Tax Pro­fes­sion­al (Tax Spe­cial­ist Grad­u­ate Pro­gramme) at HMRC, and they put some of their suc­cess down to a spe­cialised employ­a­bil­i­ty course at Not­ting­ham College.

After leav­ing their pre­vi­ous job, Cleo searched for job vacan­cies and decid­ed to pur­sue a career in the Civ­il Ser­vice. How­ev­er, after apply­ing for some roles with­out suc­cess, they came across the Apply­ing for Jobs in the Civ­il Ser­vice’ part-time course with Not­ting­ham College.

Employ­a­bil­i­ty cours­es like this are designed espe­cial­ly for adults look­ing to get back into work. They are designed to improve people’s job appli­ca­tion skills and increase their con­fi­dence. Some are free to peo­ple on cer­tain means-test­ed ben­e­fits. The style of teach­ing real­ly suit­ed Cleo. 

The tutors ran the course more like an inter­ac­tive work­shop and they adjust­ed it to suit the needs of the group, so it was a much bet­ter learn­ing expe­ri­ence for me than say a straight­for­ward lec­ture situation. 

 — Cleo

Cleo is now going from strength to strength, and has even been back to Not­ting­ham Col­lege to share some of their own new­ly found exper­tise with job­seek­ers. Not only have they spo­ken to groups about their job and expe­ri­ence of suc­cess­ful­ly secur­ing employ­ment, but they’ve also run mock inter­views for stu­dents on the cur­rent course.

Cleo said: The role I’m going into involves lead­er­ship, so the expe­ri­ence of run­ning mock inter­views back at Col­lege is a good prac­tice run for the future. It was good because we were help­ing each oth­er out.” 

Cleo’s employability course is a specialist course that Nottingham College runs for jobseekers.

Unem­ployed peo­ple who are inter­est­ed in this spe­cif­ic course can find more details and see eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria on www​.not​ting​hamjobs​.com under Attend Recruit­ment Days and Job Fairs’, or by con­tact­ing Lisa Saun­ders, Not­ting­ham Col­lege Devel­op­ment Work­er, on 0115 884 2389 or by email­ing lisa.​saunders@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk.

Not­ting­ham Col­lege also runs a wide range of oth­er part-time course for adults who are look­ing to learn new skills, and all details are on our course pages. 

You can apply for most of these direct­ly through the Col­lege, and this includes employ­a­bil­i­ty cours­es that teach back to work skills.

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  • 15th January 2020 (10:24 AM)
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