Success for Students Through Partnership Working
BSix College have gone into partnership with the Peabody Trust and Transport for London to deliver a Pre-Apprenticeship Programme for young people. This programme is aimed at engaging with young people by showing them the opportunities available in all areas of the transport industry that they may not have otherwise known about or considered.
The six week programme included employability skills, CV writing, building confidence and learning about apprenticeships and career opportunities. These opportunities include electrical and mechanical engineering and even quantity surveying.
Representatives from Stagecoach, one of the largest bus operators in the UK with garages all over London, and Ferrovial Agroman Laing O'Rourke (FLO), a joint venture formed by Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke, main contractors in the Northern Line Extension for TfL and LUL., attended the last session of the programme and spoke about the positive change they had seen in the group since they met them six weeks ago. KeolisAmey Docklands, another TfL partner organisation, have also been involved and have praised the students and everyone involved for the positive outcome.
Jacob Tunba, a Level 2 BTEC Applied Science student, said that he got involved in the programme so that he could learn new skills including teamwork and building his confidence and spoke of his desire to be an engineer in the future.
Brandon Lambert, who is studying Level 3 BTEC Applied Science, said that he now has a good understanding how apprenticeships work and that his aim now is to work for Transport for London, starting out as an apprentice.
Stagecoach, FLO and KeolisAmey Docklands have offered all of the students the opportunity of work experience and an interview for their upcoming apprenticeship programmes.
Caroline Poole, Assistant Principal at BSix College said “When we were first approached by the Peabody Trust and Transport for London, we knew that this would be an exciting opportunity for the young people we work with but the programme has exceeded our expectations. We were delighted to see the change in the students, how their horizons have been broadened and that both male and female students are considering engineering as a future career. We are looking forward to expanding the programme to include more students and introducing more of Transport for London’s partners to the talented and enthusiastic pool of young people we work with.”