An aspiring group of students from Newquay Tretherras have been given a taste of the workplace environment by taking part in a qualification by leading professional services firm Deloitte.
In total, eight year 12 students from Tretherras have just completed the Deloitte Employability Initiative delivered by Cornwall College. The course is designed to promote job readiness, teaching students vital employability skills, helping them learn and demonstrate the capabilities and attitudes that will help them succeed in the job market and make an immediate contribution to their employers. The course enables students to develop a range of skills including CV writing, team-building, leadership, mock interviews, networking, analysis, problem-solving and improving first impressions. Essential to the course is self-assessment, ensuring students are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses so that they can mature and improve their abilities.
Deloitte Lead Trainer for Cornwall College Sandie Johns, said: “We have had the most phenomenal year with this particular cohort of students and we have certainly stretched and challenged them. With that these students have done nothing but risen to the challenges we presented them with and have really excelled. They have provided over 100 hours of wider community engagement and have helped two fabulous charities which were MacMillan Cancer Support and the Newquay Foodbank.
“To dedicate their time to their local community, particularly to those less fortunate, is a practice worthy of significant praise, particularly considering the fact that these students under took these community service hours in addition to their course work load. They are a real credit to the youth generation and are fabulous role models for others. ”
Following the successful completion of their final exam at the Atlantic Centre in Newquay, the students and their families joined Cornwall College staff for a prize giving celebration to acknowledge the achievements that they have made throughout the year. Each person was given a trophy by Deloitte in recognition of their success and the group all released helium filled bio-degradable ‘wish’ balloons into the sky with their written goals and aspirations for the future attached.
Hotel & Catering Lecturer Philip Oakes from Cornwall College, said: “To have the privilege to work with such community spirted young people as this year’s cohort of students from Newquay Tretherras is an understatement. There has been nothing that the students have not overcome this year no matter what we gave them to do. Not only was every task completed on time but it was completed with a smile and with the true meaning of community at the heart. The students have set the bar extremely high and will leave very big shoes for the next cohort to fill. I wish them as well as all the ‘wish’ balloons that we set off, every best wish for the future.”
On top of passing the programme, 17 year old Jasmine Isaacs from Newquay beat strong competition from students all over the country by winning the Outstanding Deloitte Employability Student of the Year Award, a national prize given to the most deserving student on the course. Jasmine said: “It feels really good to win the award and I can’t believe that I won out of 800 students across the UK! I am so pleased that I took part as the course has really boosted my confidence and made me want to follow my dreams. I’m now going on to study animal care at Duchy College Rosewarne.”
Sandie Johns continued: “I cannot be more proud of these students, they are outstanding and the distance they have travelled with us has been amazing. Deloitte is a worldwide recognised company, which really stands out on people’s CV’s and can often put you at the top of the list for interviews. It is a unique qualification that provides good preparation before going to university or entering employment. We see great transformation within students as they develop throughout the year. This is what the course really focuses on – giving our students a fantastic opportunity to understand the workplace environment. It challenges them and puts them out of their comfort zone, which ultimately develops their confidence and employability.”