UK Careers Academy
South Thames College joins UK Career Academy Foundation
South Thames College in Wandsworth and Merton is offering students the opportunity to take part in an innovative new business training scheme designed to raise aspirations and offer new and exciting opportunities for students interested in a career in the worlds of Business and Finance.
South Thames College has affiliated its BTEC Business and BTEC Personal and Business Finance courses with the UK Career Academy Foundation (UKCAF) a national movement of employers, schools and colleges, working to raise the aspirations of 16-19 year olds and inform their career development. It has been set up by leading figures from the worlds of business and education, to inspire young people, enhance career prospects and provide unique opportunities.
UKCAF is a fully accredited two year scheme equivalent to three A levels, and designed to give students that added extra to differentiate themselves from their peers. As well as a business focused vocational qualification, students taking part in this scheme will also benefit from invaluable one-on-one mentoring from business leaders, a programme of expert seminars from key business figures, visits to leading financial institutions in the City of London and a prestigious 6 week paid internship with a top employer. Upon Graduating, Academy graduates benefit form a network of alumni peers to develop ongoing personal and professional development.
"This is an exciting opportunity for us to be involved in a truly innovative new way to engage with young people and boost their future prospects and progression into better paid work or higher education" said Sue Rimmer, Principal of South Thames College.
"The UK Career Academy Foundation improves prospects for young people as it equips them with both theoretical business and financial knowledge and practical hands on experience to achieve their goals and make informed choices about their futures.
"The impact of real life interaction with business leaders, structured mentoring and paid work experience is truly invaluable - it shows young people how far their studies can take them and is a great confidence booster. We look forward to working with our business partners, employers and The UK Career Academy Foundation to develop our Academy over the coming months."
For more information, please visit the UK Careers Academy's Website: www.careeracademies.org.uk/
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“I would tell all students to embrace the opportunities they get at South Thames College. If they are able to go on the UK Careers Academy Programme I would encourage them to work very hard and build a new network of friends which will help them in their future careers. My biggest achievement is graduating from the UK Careers Academy Programme and getting a 6 week internship with Lloyds Banking group.”Read more…