University Centre Grimsby recently held an Employability Week, UCG Futures, aimed at giving students the opportunity to network, interact with internal and external presenters from a variety of different industries, and consider the current skills they possess and the skills that may be needed within the work place.
Students both past and present have particularly highlighted the importance of having good careers guidance as part of their studies and the weeks events are aimed at improving employability prospects.
The week gave students the opportunity to engage with a range of activities designed to assist in enhancing personal skills and being better prepared in knowing what to expect for job research, applications and interviews.
Alongside the presentations and workshops, UCG played host to a variety of guest speakers, including employers, from many aspects of public and private sector, who gave up their time to offer their expertise.
Guest speakers included Business Consultant – Victoria Austin, Executive Producer for Estuary TV – Lia Nici, the Grimsby Institute Group’s Vice Principal for Strategic Services – Sam Whitaker and TATA Steel’s Dave Ward.
One of the week’s organisers, Programme Leader for Higher Education Business – Nick Wragg, said:
“I’d like to thank many people for helping to make the week such a success, especially to all the students that attended, the guest speakers, and the staff.
“Also for the support from Ross Anderson in setting up the IT platforms; those staff that gave of their time to present sessions from specialised areas within the institute, and a special mention to Chloe and Jenny, the Grimsby Institute’s Careers Advisers for being available during the week and delivering a number of sessions.
“We will also be contacting guest speakers individually with our thanks, and asking students for formal feedback next week and how to improve ready for next year!”