Ten Bexhill College students recently had the opportunity to visit the Barclays Office in Canary Wharf as part of the prestigious Career Ready programme. Career Ready is a nationwide charity that introduces young people to the world of work by connecting employers with schools and colleges. They offer a structured programme that helps students develop commercial awareness and key employability skills, enabling them to be competitive when they enter the labour market.
The students received a project management masterclass from the Barclays staff. They were shown how data analytics are used with the Digital Eagles project and were given a presentation on corporate strategy.
Jack Bloomfield studies Economics, Business and Law. He commented:
"The trip was really enjoyable and an eye-opener into the options available to me in the future. We received information from people on the Barclays apprenticeship scheme and from those who had graduated from the sponsored degree programme."
The students also took part in a CV workshop which was delivered by the Barclays LifeSkills team. LifeSkills was created with Barclays, the main goal being to motivate young people to get the skills they need for a better future. This was followed by a presentation on different routes into careers in the world of commerce and finance.
Kelechi Uma who studies Business, Law and Psychology, said:
"I found the trip very informative regarding the options available to me in the future. Hearing directly from graduates about the opportunities they've had through the Barclays programme has encouraged me to look more into the wide range of options that are on offer."
Bexhill College has a drive to enrich the curriculum with practical activities that provide students with inspiration and aspiration into possible careers.
Peter Hogg, Deputy Head of the Politics, Economics, Business & Law Section, accompanied the students on their visit. He said:
"This was an eye-opening trip for our students. It gave them an insight into how far they can get in their future careers, if they make proactive choices and put in the required effort during their time at College. It was very exciting to see how fast the modern banking industry is moving and how our students can be part of this change. This trip definitely helped to increase the aspirations of our students."