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Collyer’s welcomed experts from Barclays Bank to the college for a session with students focussing on employability. Stephen Dorey, Jack Nicholson, Paul Marsh and Joe McKechnie from ‘Barclays Life Skills’ ran a ‘People Skills: Building Confidence’ session for 30 students.
Lively activities comprised workshops, discussions, exercises and a Q&A focussing on facing challenges, building resilience and assertive behaviour.
Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-ordinator, said: “It was incredibly generous of Stephen, Jack, Paul and Joe form Barclays Life Skills to give up so much valuable time to prepare for, and facilitate today’s session.”

The second-year students who attended the session are currently studying the innovative Employability Programme at Collyer’s. The course, which started in September, has been uniquely designed by the college to help students into the world of work with the help of taught sessions, workshops, trips and a host of inspiring special guests.

Senior Tutor Ian McAlister, who also presents at Higher Education and progression events at the Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form College, said: “We are particularly pleased with how our students responded to some incredibly demanding tasks set by the Barclays Life Skills team.
“Today’s session is one of the college’s numerous progression initiatives that run throughout the year, including: mock interviews, employability skills workshops, HE evenings, networking lunches, mock assessment days and our Not Going to Uni (NG2U) evenings, which are coming up in mid-January and early February.”

Collyer’s Vice Principal Steve Martell, who teaches the Employability course at Collyer’s, was delighted: “Thank-you so much to Barclays Life Skills team for their support, they were excellent, and our talented group thoroughly enjoyed the session.”

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