Students learn employability skills from Barclays

Traineeship students from Hugh Baird College learned valuable employability skills this week when they attended workshops by LifeSkills recently.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is designed to inspire young people to get the skills they need for a better future. They work with tutors, parents and businesses to help young people with advice on job hunting, developing personal skills and gaining work experience.

The group of Hugh Baird College traineeship students attended a full day of workshops with LifeSkills which saw them taking part in activities and discussions around building confidence and resilience, improving interview success and communication techniques.

As part of their Traineeship course at Hugh Baird College, the students are all working towards Level 2 Employability Skills as well as completing Functional Skills Maths and English. They also attend a work placement for a hundred hours over the eighteen weeks of the programme so the employability themed workshops by LifeSkills were good preparation for achieving their qualification.

Traineeship student, Danielle Alty said:

“The sessions were good. They told us about the types of interviews you might get and the best ways to communicate in different situations. I think I’ll be more confident to go for interviews now because I know what to expect.”

Traineeship Coordinator, Monica Powell, said:

“The partnership we have with LifeSkills means that every group of traineeship students now attend one of their workshops. They get a lot out of it and it helps them to work towards the ultimate goal of progressing to an apprenticeship, employment or further education. Enrichment activities such as the LifeSkills workshops, give them a good foundation on which to build.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Traineeships at Hugh Baird College, telephone the Traineeship team Monica on 0151 353 4444 extension 6544 or click here to see our Traineeship pages.