All participants performed outstandingly during the course of the scheme, which involved shadowing BT Engineers (buddies) as they installed cables and phone lines across London.
The participants applied for the scheme through Job Centre Plus to build up their CV and improve job prospects. BT Open Reach provided the placements, while the College delivered a host of training from customer service and communication, to CV writing and interview skills.
Forensic Science graduate, Brendah Nangendo, signed up the voluntary scheme after linking her knowledge in Forensic Science to Engineering. She said: “Engineering is all part of science so when this opportunity came up I thought it looked interesting. After completing I’ve found a new appreciation of Engineering. It’s also helped to re-build my confidence and I’m thinking about applying for the BT graduate scheme.”
BT Adult Work-Placement Manager, Jane Dryden, said: “All the participants performed extremely well and certainly gave 100 per cent. The idea is for participants to leave with transferable skills that allow them to apply for jobs at BT and other companies. If participants have not worked, having the 10-week work experience is vital. It will differentiate their CV and give them a better chance of securing employment.”
The participants attended the College’s Tottenham Centre for a graduation ceremony where they were awarded with a certificate and vouchers from BT and College Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Head, who said: “This is a project that the College particularly wanted to be involved with because it is directly linked to employability and it is benefitting the local community, two of our main priorities.”
He added: “I congratulate all the participants and wish them the best of luck in the future.”
People interested in studying Engineering should visit www.conel.ac.uk where they will find information on our Level 2 Engineering course and our Level 3 Access to Higher Education engineering course. The College has also recently introduced a Higher National Certificate in Engineering.