A city college is today officially opening a new service aimed at helping students get onto the jobs ladder.
Preston’s College setting up of The Job Zone at its Fulwood campus coincides with an announcement last week by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to to create three million new apprenticeships nationally by 2020.
The Job Zone is intended to support students looking for an apprenticeship during and after their studies as well as the general public who are on the lookout for work.
College bosses say apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular because they give young people, as well as adults, employment with a local company while allowing them to gain a recognised qualification.
Based on the student high street at the St Vincent’s Road site, The Job Zone will be open from 9 am until 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am – 4.30pm on Friday so the public as well as students will be able to review and apply for dozens of apprenticeship vacancies across the area.
It was officially opened by Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and comes ahead of the opening of the college’s new 313m Stem centre.
The Job Zone will also provide a free advice and guidance service on CV and application writing as well as interview preparation and post-interview feedback.
Andrew Richardson, Head of Recruitment at Preston’s College, said: “As one of the largest Apprenticeship providers in the local area, we are keen to help both students and the general public progress onto an apprenticeship.
“Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular because they give learners paid employment with a local and national companies, while allowing them to gain a recognised and transferable qualification.
“Working with hundreds of employers helps us to find each candidate the best fit to match their skills and aspirations.”