Passport control: new initiative helps students prove they are up to the job

11th May 2016

Childcare students at Barking & Dagenham College are the first to achieve Bronze level in their Employability Passports, part of a pilot project designed to help students prove to employers that they are work-ready.

All students at Barking & Dagenham College will have the opportunity to achieve levels Bronze, Silver and Gold, proving to employers that they have the right skills and attributes for their career.

Course performance, work experience, punctuality, attendance, a career plan and a great CV are just some of the areas in which students need to excel as they work their way to Gold.

Yvonne Kelly, Acting Principal and CEO at Barking & Dagenham College, said,

“Ensuring students are ready for work when they leave us is our top priority. Students need both the highest quality professional and technical skills, and those softer skills such as good communication, creativity and flexibility which are so sought after yet much harder to quantify.

"The Employability Passport will help candidates demonstrate their skills to an employer as part of the selection process.”

Student Demi Slattery, 18, added

"It makes me proud and increases my confidence."

Barking & Dagenham College Job Shop

As part of the Employability Passport programme, students are supported by an on-campus Job Shop. A hub for work-related support, the Job Shop offers advice from the National Careers Service and Job Centre Plus, CV writing and career planning sessions, through to the latest traineeship and apprenticeship vacancies.

Students will be able to present their Employability Passport with future employers during the candidate selection process, helping prove that they are up to the job.

Aiming for Silver and Gold

The first students to achieve their Employability Passport Bronze are studying to be childcare professionals:

Grace Hayes, 17, Romford
Amy Courtney, 18, Dagenham
Ebru Sammali, 19, London
Munawar Sheikh, 18, Dagenham
Teri Sheppard, 17, Dagenham
Emily Higgins, 17, Romford
Courtney Freeth, 20, Romford
Demi Slattery, 18, Romford

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